Tell us about when words couldn’t describe your experience — and then let’s try to find the right words

Have you ever experienced something so incomprehensible that the only words you could muster up go something like, “There are simply no words to describe?” Or: Have you ever tried to name or define an object or concept and discovered that nothing in that dictionary you carry around in your skull matches? Well, there’s a word for that: ineffability.

Derived from the Latin ineffabilis, meaning “unutterable,” from in-”not” and effari “utter,” ineffable is defined as an “inability to describe in words” or “too sacred to be uttered.” Perhaps it’s an overwhelming feeling of love, a work of art, something online, or something we can’t even imagine.  We’ve all found ourselves wrapped in voiceless bewilderment, unable to find the words to properly express that inexpressible something.

We’re secure enough to admit that even the dictionary has limits, and we’ve decided to experiment with those boundaries of ineffability. In the comments below, share a specific example where you could not find words to describe your emotion, concept, object, condition – you name it. Also, if you read someone else’s comment and think of an existing word that you feel does describe the ineffable example, share it as well. Let’s expand the power of words and help each other in the process. Dictionary.com editors will occasionally highlight examples and perhaps contribute suggestions. We can’t wait to learn from all of you.

So far your suggestions have been wonderful:

@VEllisonne on twitter writes: “When I found myself in the middle of a dangerous situation but was completely calm and alright with the whole thing.” Perhaps “imperturbation” works here.

Let’s keep this going…

Ann Hopps Morgan suggests: “Seeing the 3,500 year old tomb of Nefertari in Luxor, Egypt.”

And Kathie Wallis stumped us with: “The moment when irony and coincidence bring a truth to you out of nowhere; when you realize the world is not as you were living it.  As if the dimensional plane you are standing in suddenly shifts, just a bit, leaving you disoriented and the world around you is forever changed.”

The suggestions keep rolling in and we are thrilled with what we’re reading.

Liongrrrrl offered the following scenario: “I can’t figure out how to put certain facial expressions to words, like when someone says something sarcastic to another person and that person gives them a *look*, where they blink kind of long and stare at them, maybe pursing their lips or folding their arms. I can’t figure that one out.” To which one reader suggested: moue.

Chacho is looking for a word to describe the following: “A smell that I don’t recognize; either really good, bad or just plain wierd.”

Thanks for all your comments. Keep them coming!


  1. ishita -  November 29, 2016 - 8:04 pm

    what is the meaning of this sentence..
    i thought you might be enjoying your slumber.

  2. Carolee -  October 3, 2016 - 11:10 pm

    What is a word that describes the feeling of happiness you get from making someone else happy?

  3. Electra -  September 17, 2016 - 4:05 pm

    A goofy sounding word, borced, was often used mainly by teenagers in my small city in southern Ontario in the 50′s and 60′s. No other word seems to take it’s place. Someone might have said “borced to wear an orange skirt” or “borced to wear a ponytail on top of my head.” My kids and I still use it jokingly with each other occasionally.

  4. Susan Smeltzer -  August 30, 2016 - 4:38 pm

    Is there a word that describes those moments when listening to classical music when your chest floods with feeling and tears come to your eyes? Also – a word for the feeling of blacking out/seeing stars when listening to a singer hit loud and beautiful high note?

    • Temi -  September 17, 2016 - 11:34 am

      Tom, harry and peter are on a journey to a distant destination. Tom would seriously wish harry and peter are at the same pace with him, he can even encourage them to keep up but will never slow down because of their sluggishness.
      please I need an English word that conveys the sense of the above write up.. Thanks

  5. Jai -  August 28, 2016 - 8:05 am

    What is the word or term for a strong, extremely vivid feeling the same aura/figurative atmosphere of a memory that it feels so real. It’s not simply remembering what that memory is or what it felt like. It’s the state of being that I’m talking about more.

    I thought about it when I was listening to this song and it reminded me of my high school days and I could not explain the sensation. I want to know what the right term is.

    • yvetted -  September 13, 2016 - 11:24 am

      nostalgia. But you’re probably looking for something stronger, that I unfortunately can’t think of. Will be interested to see other comments.

  6. Shibu Varkey -  August 25, 2016 - 11:11 pm

    Can google find a single word for an Activity or Thought, that gets literally pronounced/written by an individual,. and is being used practically by another individual at the same time.

    • yvetted -  September 13, 2016 - 11:25 am

      I’m not sure what you mean by this. Could you explain further?

  7. Caitlin -  August 14, 2016 - 6:19 pm

    What about the feeling of sadness when you want something really badly but you know it’s physically impossible for you to have it? Is there a word for that?

    • yvetted -  September 13, 2016 - 11:25 am


  8. Shawn -  July 29, 2016 - 12:23 am

    What’s the word for when you feel nothing but just a hint of sadness?

  9. Maria -  July 24, 2016 - 8:09 pm

    Is there a word to describe how someone knows the meaning of a word the very first time they hear it almost like it’s second nature..It’s kind of like this feeling that the word gives you that makes you understand the meaning of it right away….sort of like intuion…?

    • Kathryn Collins -  August 3, 2016 - 11:32 pm

      How about innate? Some things you are just born knowing. Like a mothers intuition is an innate ability
      My 6 year old, Amelia has Leukenia and is fighting her booty off. Please say a prayer for my lovey. You can see her in All her glory on Amelia’s Brave Journey on Facebook

    • Ian Hanlon -  August 12, 2016 - 7:26 am


  10. Kayla -  July 14, 2016 - 10:36 pm

    So I have this feeling or mood that I am wanting a word, emotion, or mood for.

    I have this empty hole in my heart that I want filled with what only a boyfriend can fill it with. This feeling in my heart also tells me I am ready for a boyfriend and am ready to settle down.

    I have been thinking about this for a very long time.

    • Dafe -  July 15, 2016 - 7:39 pm

      I could make this phrase fit in “exhilarating capitulation”

  11. Emma -  July 14, 2016 - 9:12 pm

    What do you call being worried and a little world up because of being worried but not panicked or angry?

  12. Ember -  July 13, 2016 - 5:42 pm

    What is it called when you have a sudden realization of how bad you actually want something?

  13. Wil Johnston -  July 7, 2016 - 9:41 pm

    whats the word to describe an object that you can see but its obscured and you cant define what the object is?

    • Hira -  August 4, 2016 - 8:35 am

      Actually i want to know that how to describe your own mood through object like wise a confuse mood can be explore by the maze. Its a game which can make a person confuse . any one can please tell me more objects about different mood

  14. Dafe -  June 28, 2016 - 8:13 am

    please is their a word to describe the phrase “I couldn’t have asked for. . .” e.g. I couldn’t have asked for a better picture

  15. Spirit -  June 21, 2016 - 6:36 pm

    What’s a word for the feeling that the world is going to end in less than a year, or at least during my lifetime?

    • Alan -  July 28, 2016 - 9:20 am

      An alarmist

  16. Sean -  June 21, 2016 - 10:02 am

    This may have a very easy answer here, however I’m stumped,blocked…

    I was writing poetry and trying to describe or come up with a word that would mean the same thing as “Illusion” like I saw an aperition but would apply a similar sense of the word to your hearing. Like you hear a phantom voice/sound or something close by but there is nothing there. Plus your left with a feeling that it’s something in a vibration that we humans don’t completely have access to currently. Can’t seem to find a word that truly fits that description. Any help would be so great full Thank you. Sean

    • Marsha Owens -  July 9, 2016 - 12:02 pm

      Maybe apparition? Or supernatural or “other-dimensional’? if it happened while you were sleeping, about to fall asleep or about to wake up it’s called a hypnogogic hallucination. It usually happens along with sleep paralysis and is a symptom of both narcolepsy and of people with anxiety disorder.

  17. morven -  June 12, 2016 - 10:20 am

    When you feel sadness and depression when leaving childhood. Looking back on days being a small child brings great sadness and yearning to be there again.

    • Gabriela -  June 14, 2016 - 1:02 am

      i think the word you’re looking for is to reminisce?

    • Violette -  June 16, 2016 - 9:41 pm

      Nostalgia: a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.

    • Jamie Marshall -  July 5, 2016 - 7:40 am


    • Marsha Owens -  July 9, 2016 - 11:51 am

      I think you’re thinking of nostalgia.

  18. Lord_aroke -  May 30, 2016 - 3:53 pm

    a word to describe a circumstance where someone don’t want to be around you because they are scared they might do something wrong that u won’t like, so they become so nervous ..

    • Brink -  June 8, 2016 - 2:15 pm


    • Marsha Owens -  July 9, 2016 - 12:05 pm

      The other person could be described as nonconfrontational, or as having a fear of conflict/abandonment. I ant think there is a word for the whole situation. But it’s how i was for most of my life.

  19. Josh -  May 30, 2016 - 8:05 am

    What is a word to describe “a state of not knowing how to be independent”

    • Brink -  June 8, 2016 - 2:19 pm


    • Violette -  June 16, 2016 - 9:50 pm

      Incompetent, perhaps?

  20. K -  May 23, 2016 - 11:46 pm

    Is there a to describe somebody who has an obsession with hugs?

    • Hugoholic -  July 14, 2016 - 10:08 pm

      That’s wat I think.

  21. Gin -  May 2, 2016 - 6:27 pm

    Is there a word for when you’re about to do something, like go on an adventure at night time, and you feel like something tragic has just happened. Like something horrible has happened. You still have to go on, but this horrible tragic feeling sets into your body. Like, someone died or something.
    Is there a word to describe that?

    • sharon basham -  May 3, 2016 - 1:00 pm


    • Marsha Owens -  July 9, 2016 - 11:55 am

      It almost sounds liatt the feeling i get when I’m just starting a panic attack . But mine aren’t the typical kind that quickly peak and then fade. Mine just start with that feeling of impending doom/apocalypse and build into terror. Then it hangs there for hours unless i medicate it. Do you have any kind of anxiety disorder or depressive disorder?

  22. Alex Perez -  May 2, 2016 - 2:58 pm

    I’m looking for a word that describes a moment when for example; someone sees you walking while looking at your cell phone next to them and they see a pole that you are going to run into, but they do nothing to stop it and let you walk into the pole

    • Brink -  June 8, 2016 - 2:27 pm

      disregard or punish depending on the state of mind of the observer.

    • Emmy -  July 7, 2016 - 3:35 am


  23. Julie -  March 26, 2016 - 3:23 pm

    Is there a word for something specific you always think is going to happen? It’s hard to explain but with me it’s like I always think that if my phone fully dies and turns off it won’t ever turn on again so I never ever let it die out of battery. I know there’s a proper word for it I just am so blank on what it is and I’ve been Trying to think of it for the whole night, please help

    • Sincere Tuitt -  May 27, 2016 - 12:07 pm

      Presentiment refers to a vague feeling that something bad will happen, but I’m not sure if there is a word for something specific. Paranoia, perhaps?

    • Brink -  June 8, 2016 - 2:10 pm

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      • Brink -  June 8, 2016 - 2:11 pm


      • Brink -  June 8, 2016 - 2:13 pm

        Maybe the field should be labeled: “Reply” Then you won’t get bozo reply messages like the one I posted.

    • Marsha Owens -  July 9, 2016 - 12:07 pm


  24. Tyler -  March 21, 2016 - 10:40 am

    When there is a person/thing in your life that isn’t really good for you but you are too nice to let them go? is there a word for that?

  25. Woox -  March 20, 2016 - 2:17 am

    is there a word to describe someone who retell a topic or subject they barely read or heard about, and they tell it as if it was them telling it ignoring the main source.

    ex: game reviewer says that the graphic on X game sucks. (person A) read his reviewer and started to complain about the graphic on X game even thou he did not play or saw that game. saying stuff like “I think Game X graphics sucks.”
    I need a word to describe what (person A) is doing

  26. Hanna -  March 6, 2016 - 12:45 am

    is there a word for feeling everything but nothing at the same time? like feeling almost mania inside of you own head, but devastatingly numb at the same time? sorry if I explained it weird.

    • Anonymous -  April 20, 2016 - 11:50 am

      No, it makes sense, I definitely know what you are talking about, for I have experienced it. Unfortunately, I do not have an answer for you. Just know that you are not the only one who has felt it like I did. I hope you find an answer.

    • Marsha Owens -  July 9, 2016 - 11:57 am

      I think maybe the official psychological term for what you’re describing is depersonalization. Though that isn’t exactly right. Maybe borderline personally disorder?

    • yvetted -  September 13, 2016 - 11:21 am

      overwhelmed, to the point of numbness

  27. karishma -  March 5, 2016 - 8:31 pm

    a word for expressing a felling which u get wen u get across a moment nd it seems that this moment has happened before also

    • G -  March 7, 2016 - 1:05 pm

      De ja vu

    • Jess -  March 10, 2016 - 1:10 pm

      Déjà vu

    • K.C. -  March 26, 2016 - 8:43 pm

      De ja vu

  28. M -  February 13, 2016 - 8:58 pm

    A word or phrase similar to sickly sweet, except referring to something like a smell or feeling. Something that has a calming or nice presence until there is just slightly too much of it. Similar to overstimulating, but more subtle.

    • Carly Turner -  April 27, 2016 - 3:34 pm


    • Brittney -  July 17, 2016 - 9:05 pm


      • Brittney -  July 17, 2016 - 9:09 pm

        Ex. A parfume of cloying sweetness.

    • Ian Hanlon -  August 12, 2016 - 7:29 am


  29. Shawn Esquerra -  February 8, 2016 - 1:51 am

    I couldn’t describe how I feel now, its like depressed, anxiety, worried about the future. I want everything to go in the right way, but its not. Its like I want to give up on my interest, or even give up on my life… I don’t want to give up my life cause I’m afraid God will mad at me for shortening his plan for me… My mind keeps telling me to work on it. But my body has no mood to do it, the body feels like I couldn’t make it. It told me that there is no use. But my mind keep searching for help, I want to get out from my dark life. I don’t know, I’m not good at English that maybe you can’t understand what I’ve written. I just couldn’t move on that’s all, I don’t want to end up by only committing suicide, I think its too stupid for me… But the pain, I just have to strength to overcome or bear it… I don’t know~~~

    • david -  February 24, 2016 - 10:58 am

      some of what you say is how im describing something to somebody. not sure if i make sense probably not

      • Marsha Owens -  July 9, 2016 - 12:16 pm

        You and the following poster who answered you are both experiencing clinical major depressive disorder. It can be treated with medication and /or therapy.

        Please reach out for help. Maybe even call an anonymous suicide hotline number.

        I have been exactly where you are. I’ve had two episodes of this, one that lasted 6 months and one for 4 years. You DO NOT to either loose your life spend the rest of it in so much unbearable pain. There is even a medication still in clinical trials) that will take that feeling away within a few hours, ketamine.

        It has nothing to do with your personality ir character. It’s a chemical /biological dysfunction in the neurotransmitter activity in your brain. It is disregulated and it can be fixed it at least improved a lot. It might take a few tries to find the right med for you but it is so very worth it for the moment when it falls away and you feel alive again.

    • sharon -  February 24, 2016 - 9:36 pm

      your English is ffine, you worded it perfectly. I can truly empathize, as if you were reading my mind and my heart feels your pain. I don’t have the answer, as I have been feeling this way for a very long time myself. until we find the answer, please stay strong and remember suicide is a permanent answer to a temporary situation and something that can’t be undone. please stay focused and strong. it helps me sometimes to remember that the biggest misconception is the perception of how life is suppose to be. I pray that kindness, caring, and understanding come your way, that you imbrace it and it helps to ease your feeling of dome because Shawn, you matter to me. I pray you are still with us. sending hugs

      • Phil -  April 18, 2016 - 2:46 pm

        I need a word to describe how reading Sharon’s post made me proud of being human….How she really heard Shawn, even between the lines and her reaching out was so beautiful…and a word, (that might help Shawn), to describe how my life rose out of the same feelings he expresses, after I began to just reach out and help others who seemed to need help. It healed my aching soul…

        • sharon basham -  May 3, 2016 - 10:32 am

          Phil, from time to time I come to this site, to see if there is an update from Shawn, to see if my prayers have been answered, that he is still with us. Yesterday was one of those times. There was no update ,so I’ve decided to put belief in the saying , “no news is good news,” so I’m rolling with that. Then I read your “reply,” and wanted to thank you. Your kind words brought a ray of sunshine to my very cloudy day and made me smile. Thank you Phil. It’s feels good to know that I’m not alone in the way of healing my aching soul. Take care Phil.

    • sharon basham -  May 3, 2016 - 10:52 am

      Shawn, with some research, I think I might have found what you might be experiencing …Existential Crisis. I hope it helps.

  30. K.C. -  February 1, 2016 - 12:14 am

    What is a word for knowing something you couldn’t possibly know? Sometimes I just know something and know that what I’m thinking is 100% right. More than a gut feeling. For example. I saw a little girl I had never met before, she was holding a doll and I asked if the doll’s name was Caroline. The father told me I was correct. I didn’t say any other names I just knew the doll was Caroline. I was thinking psychic or clairvoyant or something but those usually pertain to the future whereas I will just suddenly know a thought I’m having is correct with no logic, reason, or evidence behind it.

    • Marsha Owens -  July 9, 2016 - 12:21 pm

      I don’t think there is a word for it in English but that happens to me totoo. I see a flower and think “aster” even though I’ve never seen an aster. I just know somehow. If you find out a word for it let me know.

  31. Adam -  January 25, 2016 - 7:14 am

    im writing an essay about the bubonic plague during the medieval times
    I need a word to describe the feeling that catholics felt when they went
    “welp god has forgotten about us and the world is ending. screw it! , ive gotte nothing to lose, im screwed anyways so what difference does it make if I sin, ive got nothing to lose since im going to hell anyways.”

    its a lot to cover with one word but any help would be appreciated. thanks
    sincerely Adam

    • Carly Turner -  April 27, 2016 - 3:36 pm

      Despondent, disconsolate

    • Marsha Owens -  July 9, 2016 - 12:26 pm


  32. Faiza -  November 20, 2015 - 3:06 am

    When I hold my new baby.. I’m consumed by.. errr… it’s more than love…. it’s something deep that I find no right word for it. I want to have her…. I want to be one with her… to melt into her… I want to watch her all day everyday… I want her to understand this feeling i have for her but she too young…. may be it’s too complicated to understand….love is an understatement. What can this be.

    • sharon -  February 26, 2016 - 12:38 am

      I believe it s a connection of your souls. I experienced what sounds like you described. it was an amazing overwhelming feeling through my whole body and then it embrased my body. it was as if, I was being hugged from the inside out. I had never before felt so much love in my life! it was amazing. I bieve that you have been blessed with a connection that will last an eturnity, in this life and in the after life. I know I have!

    • Terijones570@gmail.com -  June 4, 2016 - 8:15 pm

      Get some help

  33. Ren -  September 29, 2015 - 2:23 pm

    I get this feeling a lot where I’ll be zoning out for a little while, but I’ll become aware of everything and it’s surreal and overwhelming… Is there a word for that? Other than disassociation?

    • Maddie -  November 22, 2015 - 6:26 pm

      It’s called an existential crisis.

    • yvetted -  September 13, 2016 - 11:12 am

      Expansion, maybe

  34. Ratchet -  September 27, 2015 - 8:17 am

    Wow this is a great article…so many interesting experiences.

    I have an experience if anyone can help. My question is I have friends but sometimes I feel like they are not my friends. Sometimes I think the word friend is just a namesake …

    Peace out

    • sharon -  February 24, 2016 - 9:43 pm

      maybe an aquantence

  35. Mara -  July 14, 2015 - 2:01 am

    What about when someone or something makes you happy and sad at the same time?

    • M -  February 13, 2016 - 8:59 pm


  36. Mara -  July 14, 2015 - 1:34 am

    When you want to ask for something but you can’t. I don’t know how else to explain it, really.
    Here’s an example; When you go to a person’s house for the first time, and you’re hungry, but you can’t ask for something to eat.
    Or when your grandma gives your cousin a piece of candy, and you want some candy, but you don’t ask for some.
    It’s like you don’t want to ask, you want them to offer it.
    It’s been eating my brain for about 20 minutes and it’s going to continue and keep me up all night.

    • Carly Turner -  April 27, 2016 - 3:37 pm


    • yvetted -  September 13, 2016 - 11:13 am

      Overwhelming politeness/ unnecessary politeness perhaps?

  37. Steven -  July 5, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Having this problem that i can’t describe and afraid to tell her how much i love her and feel about her.

  38. Rebecca -  June 28, 2015 - 2:18 am

    Sometimes i get this emotion where i love something or someone so much i want to, i don’t know, kick a door down and smash a window and just yell really loud. I have no idea how to describe it. It’s kinda just a “nyyyyeeeAHHHHHHH!!!!”. I almost smashed my teacup thinking about someone today. It’s not excited or ecstatic or joyful or necessarily violent. I just don’t know.

    • Justin Goppani -  August 24, 2015 - 7:05 am

      Just for give and let God take it to do for you!

  39. Constance -  May 11, 2015 - 3:17 pm

    What is a word that describes the feeling that you have known someone your whole life

    • Caitlyn -  May 27, 2016 - 6:48 pm

      Kindred spirit

  40. vitor -  March 1, 2015 - 10:21 am

    for the last 1 to 2 years ive been having a realy strange sensation for just breef seconds. most of the times it comes from just thinking, other times from seeing a certain image.
    what happens is pretty hard to explain.
    it starts with a split-second memory, its never one memory more like a vast array of memories of a certain time flashing by in an instant. its not nostalgia. after that, for a couple of seconds i feel a sense of awareness, as if my whole perspective changed. for those seconds, it feels like im am in a purer state. as if the memory wasnt JUST a memory as if i had realized some part of me that made me who i am. as if i just realized my essence or part of it. i have searched for these breef seconds of memory/sensation all over the internet but cant find anything alike. the memory is just what triggered the sensation, its not part of it. again, its not nostalgia, ive felt both nostalgia and this. this is way more powerful. its not a feeling of longing for something, its a feeling of some essencial part of me coming to the awareness of my mind, so i dont have to long for it. as far as i know there is no word t explain such a vast feeling/sensation

    • Anonymous -  June 7, 2015 - 9:31 pm

      I have been thinking I was going crazy for about 3 years now. You are the first person I have heard say anything close to what I feel, I get it all the time. Thank you, even though it isn’t the same exact thing I know I’m not crazy anymore. I haven’t told anyone because I thought they would take me to the loony bin. You have no idea how this means to me. I get these feelings/ sensations after images flash across in my mind, but instead of feeling like I’m more aware I actually feel like I’m not aware of something in the pictures. I also get the feelings with certain music. To be honest it scared me a lot.

      • Anonymous -  June 7, 2015 - 9:32 pm


    • Keri -  June 21, 2015 - 4:47 pm

      Have you figured out what they are? I think I am experiencing a similar thing. I get it every few months or so and it last for a day or two, three at the most. It’s a flash in my brain that happens so quickly that I can’t place it. Then it’s gone. It comes every 5 to 10 or so minuets for a couple of days. I have had seizure tests and a mri. No one can give me an answer.

      • Anonymous -  June 27, 2015 - 11:59 pm

        No, I’m sorry I still do not know.

    • Manon -  August 31, 2015 - 9:01 pm

      I get this too sometimes…Look into buddhism.. I kind of see it as your mind becoming enlightened. Its hard to have these almost “out of body/mind” experiences when you’re so caught up in everything going on, but once you take a moment whether your just laying in bed getting ready to go to sleep or sitting at a red light and that indescribable moment where you just take yourself out of your present thought and your just there, being. Its so hard to describe. Its just a sudden moment of realization of everything making sense. Like your brain in that split second just made a connection between so many things and your conscious thought goes “click”.

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  41. Pri -  February 26, 2015 - 6:03 am

    What is the name that could be given to mention the medicine that keeps you always young? Thanks.

    • Ratchet -  September 27, 2015 - 8:11 am

      Elixer maybe…

  42. Dieter simon -  February 8, 2015 - 5:51 pm

    I’m unable to figure out what i exactly want to express but the thing i want to tell u is u r someone love.
    What do u feel inside i don’t know. Even i don’t know what r u actually expecting..
    Coming to the point I’m in love with u and i don’t need other spare time to get sure about it… So can i have a pleasure to be yours

  43. C.MC -  January 30, 2015 - 2:57 pm

    What is a word that describes a person who, while they cannot (due to lack the skill, knowledge or wherewithal) do a particular thing, and so “put down” or denigrate a person who has and uses those skills. The inept one even tries to be obstructionist toward said person with those skills. This is common in the workplace but I can’t seem to find the word.

    • Airick -  February 3, 2015 - 6:59 am

      What word would I use to describe something that is invisible to everyone except for me? I would think of it being like a hallucination or a secret, but those words didn’t seem to fit quite right.

    • Jaz -  February 15, 2015 - 7:38 pm


  44. ANONYMOUS -  December 28, 2014 - 12:11 pm

    (robinsonbuckler @ yahoo. com) did a love spell for me about 3 days ago and the results came like miracle….

  45. Jacqueline -  August 22, 2014 - 3:41 am

    Is there sword for that feeling when you don’t know if something really happened or was imagined/dreamt?
    And is that a word for that moment of realization when you know one way or the other?

    • Brittany -  December 17, 2014 - 9:52 am

      yah lol its called confused…and dejavu

  46. Laura Clark -  August 19, 2014 - 2:48 pm

    When you understand something so clearly, that it becomes not only uneffable, but it transforms from a paradoxical truth, to something else, and yet, not something else, rather something more essential, like an abstract ‘whole’, leaving you aware that you have experienced something, but you don’t know what… you are changed, but not sure how. You can’t even remember your way to or from what you experienced, as a thought. The kind of realization that causes a ‘short circuit’. Kind of like an uneffable ‘maya’ (sanskrit) from which meaning comes (from nowhere) – to more essentially articulate what ‘is’… perhaps, the ‘soul’ of a paradoxical truth, that stuns you, and leaves you feeling dumb, unable to intellectually grasp something you have understood, as an experience….something that evolves that which ‘is’ more like an experience, than an idea, and changes reality, invisibly, yet undeniably. The kind of idea that takes you to the edge of your ability to think, to another dimension, where it ceases to exist, yet exists more. The experience of seeing where a thought goes to die, in an eternally ‘real’ way… The experience of the un-pin-point able origin of premonitions and ah-has. The (same) experience of the space beyond the whole, that is part of the whole, while it transforms the parts of the sum, but not the sum, itself, into something simpler, and eventually nothing.

    • MIa -  November 16, 2014 - 7:44 pm

      epiphany, enlightenment

      • MIa -  November 16, 2014 - 7:46 pm

        here’s the definition of epiphany: a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.

      • sydney -  January 30, 2015 - 8:03 am

        I need a word that has the definition of an account of ones own life

    • Jaz -  February 15, 2015 - 7:42 pm

      Expansion; changed forever and expanded into someone else and/or growth in a positive way.

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  48. Rachel -  July 1, 2014 - 6:42 pm

    When you love someone, and you can’t be with them, so after see them you’re not feeling completely satisfied but you’re not feeling empty.

    • MIa -  November 16, 2014 - 7:33 pm

      I believe what you are feeling is closure.

    • Jaz -  February 15, 2015 - 7:44 pm

      Nice place to be, you have made peace with where you are and accepted the experience as just that.

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  53. Dian -  March 18, 2012 - 8:30 am

    Thank you for the laugh, anon3456. Delusions indeed.

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  55. conr -  December 1, 2011 - 9:28 pm

    i see the trite tripe has ended. is there nothing more? something timeless…..

  56. artisteer -  September 14, 2011 - 7:44 am

    it is hard to describe the feeling, when u look at a painting, and the only thing that u can see is the mixture of color..but other said it was a masterpiece without hesitate..

    • MIa -  November 16, 2014 - 7:39 pm

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  57. malea -  September 2, 2011 - 3:23 am

    I just had one of those nights… on the rooftop of an amazing old house, a starry sky, breathtaking view of the city, a lot of beautiful friends, and then someone broke out a guitar and began to sing…

    no words.

  58. scintillator -  August 23, 2011 - 8:10 am

    There is a word for the smell of rain on earth – Petrichoir…

  59. Ian Farewell -  June 28, 2011 - 9:57 am

    1) A cacophonic word with a warm, humble meaning. Such as Pulchritude.

    2) Is there a word for the moments in life where a situation is indescribable and uneffable by two or more parties, yet in the explanation from one part to another, they both understand the subject? these are the situations where someone being told the story would say something like “I know what you mean, but I can’t describe it”

  60. Leigh S. -  June 9, 2011 - 5:19 pm

    What is a good set of words or ‘turn of phrase’ for something along the lines of “Sweet Dreams” or “Rest Well?!” Actually, there is soooo much more to this sentiment that I would like to convey to my family, friends, and loved ones. In all reality, I wish for them complete healing, restoration, contact with the Creator GOD, rejuvenation, miracles, and refreshment of spirit (as well as safety) as they slumber in warm, cozy, blissful tranquility. I pray that they arise in the morning and awake with *total* Serenity and a bright, sunny disposition that is beyond Spectacular! I know Dreams are very powerful and that the Spirit is unlimited in our Maker so my expectations are very high!!! Any ideas on how I can summarize this without overwhelming those closest to me? Thanks in advance!!!! Best Regards!!!!!!! :-)

    • NostalgicSquire -  August 4, 2016 - 7:33 pm

      Leigh S. There is a Hebrew word for this, Shalom.It has a multitude of different meanings most of which you describe in your message.

  61. Matty-M -  May 21, 2011 - 3:24 am

    When you are doing the same thing that you do everyday and for no reason at all it feels different, right, purposeful and like you are intricately woven into the fabric of all things in a kinda combination of the words ubiquitous and omnipresent. Please help :)

  62. Iman -  May 13, 2011 - 11:30 pm

    -The way a deaf person tries to speak.
    -That sense of utter shock when something so extremely unexpected happens. For instance, your talking to your girlfriends and she gets shot in the head and her brains splatter all over you :p
    -The emotion of complete loneliness and isolation, when every one of your friends leaves you in the dust.
    -The excruciating pain of finding out that the one that you were head-over-heels in love with was cheating on you.

  63. Class of 2012 -  April 29, 2011 - 5:24 am

    I remember when i first met my boyfriend(we are now just friends)it felt as if i have known him my whole life. I can’t find the right words to explain how we felt about eachother.We still feel somewhat the same like sometimes i still lose my breath when he is around me and i can’t think of the right words to say so i babel like a fool. And my heart races and when it comes to him he still gives me those little looks and it is like we talk to eachother just by the blinks of our eyes at times.

  64. Mistaken -  April 28, 2011 - 6:16 pm

    Is there a word for the moment when a memory is “on the tip of my tongue”? Also bonus points if someone can find a word for when you suddenly remember something in an outburst that you were trying to think of at some point nearly 2 days ago.

    • Violette -  June 16, 2016 - 10:51 pm

      I’m not sure if this is still relevant to you, but the word would be ‘presque vu’. It decribes when you can’t remember something (or word) at that moment but you, without a doubt, know what it is; as you’ve stated, it’s that “tip-of-the-tongue” moment.

  65. KobiMadd -  April 26, 2011 - 4:31 am

    The word for the noise of something so scraping or screeching, like nails on a blackboard or styrofoam squeaking… It gives you goosebumps…

  66. Lorax -  April 21, 2011 - 9:55 am

    when your doing something that invigorates you and get jittery

  67. tini -  April 19, 2011 - 5:54 pm

    a feeling where you feel like you’re completely pointless and useless in everything, basically about life. let’s just say you suck at living life

    • Jaz -  February 15, 2015 - 7:50 pm


  68. Dennypooh -  April 16, 2011 - 7:30 am

    @ Mark V – “the point where everything shifts and you finally see what has been going on the whole time.”

    I wonder if this is what some in religious circles call “revelation” knowledge.

  69. a guy -  April 15, 2011 - 11:17 pm

    the feeling that almost everyone sucks so much that they refuse to acept that a rooster illusion is a real thing and i have suffered from it before

  70. a guy -  April 15, 2011 - 11:14 pm

    Mouldy i have already been through this rooster illusion is definitivly the word we are looking for

  71. a guy -  April 15, 2011 - 11:13 pm

    Understand you are the only one who gets it i mean leave your own religious beliefs out of the conversation i said the same thing a little farther up

  72. KristenJames -  April 14, 2011 - 4:25 pm

    Is there a word to decribe the overwhelming need for a hug, a long loving embrace… though I am longing to hug my Thaddy who has left this earth and now radiates from heaven. Will my longing for his embrace ever be satiated? Does a word exist that defines this emptiness in my heart?

  73. Understand -  April 14, 2011 - 3:51 pm

    Okay, I want to make one thing clear. I’m tired of the comment war between the pro-religious folks and the non-religious folks on here. I really don’t understand why you guys can’t just accept that either of of you may be right or may be wrong. It’s totally fine to believe what you want, but harassing others because they have different beliefs will not accomplish anything. I’m not taking sides here, but if you really love your religion so much than maybe you should do something productive in your religious community, like helping the elderly or participating in a church, synagogue, or any other place of worship activity. And if you don’t believe in a religion, than you definitely have the right to harass these religious people on here, but believe me, it will accomplish nothing.

    Besides, isn’t this page about posting a situation that we couldn’t explain in words?

  74. KristenJames -  April 14, 2011 - 3:40 pm

    Hanna Rose:: That sounds like a truly beautiful moment. I call that feeling Pure Tranquil Peace. Or Calming Peacefulness. It’s a time when I can actually know I am breathing and feel nothing but PEACE. I long to find that calming peace again and again! :D

  75. #1 Skillet Fan -  April 14, 2011 - 10:04 am

    These are some of my favorites
    ___textin someone you like
    ___accomplishing something after working really hard at it (particularly a beast drum beat)
    ___going to a rock or metal concert (skillet pawns all)
    ___the feeling when your car breaks down and you can’t afford the repair
    ___being lonely when you are in a large group of people your age
    ___meeting someone that looks familiar to you
    ___when your pet dies
    ___finding your new favorite song
    ___the emotion of thinking a deep thought, simply pondering on it for hours
    ___the feeling of people finally accepting the fact that girls can play drums just as well and sometimes better than guys
    ___being busy with something productive yet fun at the same time (like drums lol)
    ~chick drummer~

  76. Oh so Pogi -  April 14, 2011 - 2:42 am

    when you are itchy, what do you really feel? is it tickling? is it somehow painful? how can you put into words what itchy really means?

    what do you call the feeling of itching in a part of the body, but when you scratch, it really isn’t in there? what can i call that?

    • Marsha -  July 9, 2016 - 12:38 pm

      I wish i knew. It happens to me sometimes and is maddening when it goes on and on. It has something to do with your dopamine system being out of whack but the best wired i can come up with is phantom itch.

  77. inviting a handlename -  April 13, 2011 - 8:50 pm

    wait and see

  78. OLH064 -  April 13, 2011 - 1:19 pm

    In programming, coming across a bug you cannot understand in this lifetime with your current mind. “finding a __(doozy of an error/bug)__”

  79. Mouldy -  April 13, 2011 - 9:42 am

    And Kathie Wallis stumped us with: “The moment when irony and coincidence bring a truth to you out of nowhere; when you realize the world is not as you were living it. As if the dimensional plane you are standing in suddenly shifts, just a bit, leaving you disoriented and the world around you is forever changed.”

    Perhaps “enlightenment”.

    Or “paradigm shift”, as in the wise words of Dr Steven Covey.

  80. wordjunkie -  April 13, 2011 - 9:35 am

    @ Skippy’s Mom:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. You’re right, there is no one word that can describe those circumstances. I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude and appreciation for the career path that your son (and many more like him)have chosen, though I know it cannot lessen the pain.

  81. Bibbs'Mom -  April 13, 2011 - 9:19 am

    @Kimster Thank you for your service in Vietnam. I’m from the same era (boy, I feel old!!) and have had very few times to tell anyone thank you for trying to do what couldn’t be done. I don’t know if you enlisted or were drafted – it doesn’t matter – but I want to tell you I hated the way you and others were treated when you came home. I’m glad you got to be there for the birth of your child. My words for this feeling are unutterably humble.

  82. eleni -  April 13, 2011 - 1:29 am

    @@ monica

    I personally use “baptising” in a colloquial sense when using something for the first tiy.

  83. Luck in W -  April 12, 2011 - 9:44 pm

    @Skippy’s Mom

    I’m so sad to hear of the loss of your son at such a young age, and under such tragic circumstances. And no, there no words for such a situation.

    The loss of the elder of my two brothers, just 4 days after my birthday last month, though I’m the eldest in my family, was also very sad, because I know he was the most brilliant of the four of us. However, he was 61 and had lived a good life and accomplished much. It’s so much harder when you lose a young person such as your son. I’d much rather have died myself because I thought my brother was still more needed. However, in my mind I saw my parents welcoming him home.

  84. Skippy's Mom -  April 12, 2011 - 3:17 pm

    We lost our youngest son, only 24 years old, in Afghanistan in September 2009. He was Special Forces, a truly gifted individual, and the experience is incomprehensible, surreal, causing devastating, searing pain that is emotional and physical and alters your family and every aspect of life. There are absolutely NO WORDS to describe the loss or attempts to deal with the many facets of the situation.

  85. mark V -  April 12, 2011 - 12:56 pm

    in regards to Kathie Wallis’s inquiry, I might suggest stealing a term from the narrative world, and use “Climax” or “Falling action”. the point where everything shifts, and you finally see what has been going on the whole time.

    Vellisone’s i would suggest as “unflappable” just because its a funnier word for imperturbable

    Chachos smell – Singular?

  86. Terrible Pie -  April 12, 2011 - 11:50 am

    When you fall in love with a def person.

  87. Gerber Grownup -  April 12, 2011 - 11:44 am

    When you see your first tumbleweed–in the suburbs of Ft. Lauderdale–but it’s like, no big deal.

  88. Latha -  April 12, 2011 - 11:43 am

    hey, can someone give me a word for that feeling you get when you have a cavity in one of your teeth and you have just filled your mouth with cold water?!?!? the english word ‘sensitive’ is just not expressive enough of that absolutely excruciating painful feeling which is not just pain…does someone understand what i mean? i am indian and there is a specific word for this in Tamil, but i just can’t for the life of me find an equivalent in english. help!!!!

  89. kellen mitchell -  April 12, 2011 - 11:37 am

    I’d like there to be a word to refer to nieces and nephews collectively, or without the specificity of gender.

  90. Lefty -  April 12, 2011 - 11:17 am

    To Joe I hope you are in a better place now! I wish you the best and hope that you found true love! Hopefully your ex gets what she deserves!

  91. Lefty -  April 12, 2011 - 11:11 am

    For Taha What about Sweetie or Honey

  92. Steve -  April 12, 2011 - 10:44 am

    There’s a word for a child with no parents, there’s a word when someone loses a spouce, but what is the word for parents who lose a child?

  93. Dieter Simon -  April 12, 2011 - 10:07 am

    I have a feeling that words that sound right for some people in a given situation don’t sound right enough for other people in a similar situation. A lot of words amount to clichés, and do not describe the situation correctly because of that – how could they?
    They have been used and misused so many times probably, they cannot possibly describe your own particular situation at this very time to your own satisfaction. Can we not just live with that, that not everything can be described or named, or should we invent a new term for everything we experience to the puzzlement of others?

  94. Sam -  April 12, 2011 - 9:52 am

    To Kathie Wallis:
    I think the word you’re looking for is disillusioned.

  95. Joe -  April 12, 2011 - 8:30 am

    The Mental process that makes this happen or what the resulting word is called, when: You are talking about, or thinking about, 2 different things. Or your muscle memory (if thats proper) makes you improperly finish a word. The result is that you mix 2 words together and it becomes a long running joke.
    You’re talking about apartments and lean pockets. Then you try to offer someone a lean pocket and it comes out as “Lean Apartment.”
    You try to say microchip and it comes out as “Microchimp,” without even talking about chimps.
    You say, “I want to be a MATHEMAGICIAN,” instead of mathematician.

  96. Joe -  April 12, 2011 - 8:14 am

    The anger, frustration, and physical pain that your head gets when someone responds with a mind boggling, stupid response. They of course believe this to be 100% true.
    That sign that says “HARBOUR” is Spanish because there is a “U” in it.
    That isn’t a christmas song. It came out in the 1800′s, way before christmas!
    Do you know what rogue means? “Yeah, it’s that girl from X-men.”

  97. Ian Mallett -  April 12, 2011 - 7:29 am

    @Kathie Wallis: “epiphany”

  98. hippiechickie1031 -  April 12, 2011 - 6:08 am

    @NATHAN: THIS is probably the ONE TRUE situation for which there are no words. A loss of that magnitude envelopes one like a disease spreading through the mind and body corrupting everything in it’s path. Coping with a catastrophe such as this is INDEFINABLE! Agonizing emptiness, caustic despair, an excruciating abyss in the core of one’s being; I bet these don’t even begin to describe that kind of pain & fury. May some of your memories ease your pain, even if for small moments. Sending ♥PEACE ♥

  99. LuannD -  April 12, 2011 - 5:53 am

    My response to a situation or experience that I cannot describe is very simple – “Ah, the germans will have a word for it.”

  100. louis paiz -  April 12, 2011 - 5:23 am

    once i was at church and just at the moment of consagration when jesus is complet down in body and soul and you can ask any thing one wants i was so full of light and glory that the only thing i could say was lord please stay with us for ever.how can you descrive such moment of glory when one feels that no body exist but just you and the almighty god?.

  101. canada13 -  April 11, 2011 - 11:42 pm

    alex 4:09pm;

  102. canada13 -  April 11, 2011 - 9:05 pm

    “quantum leap”

  103. canada13 -  April 11, 2011 - 8:35 pm

    dear Link;

    may I offer two :

    1) guts

    2) Faith

  104. a guy -  April 11, 2011 - 6:34 pm

    the realization that try as they might (and i appreciate the atempt) those around me will never be on the same plain as i am and simply will never understand me and i am only be able to relax when i am alone or at night when everyone else is sleeping which is practically the samething i realize the difference is in intelligence and not to sound full of myself as i hate to (unless im joking) but my parents are not the brightest and i am very smart with the intelligence of someone in 2 times a higher grade then i (i am in 7th grade i realize there is not a 14th grade but i mean the equivlent of a person 2 years into college not the book work and things of that sense for how can i know that which i have never set my eyes upon but in terms of mental capability to learn and comprehend though i do get stuck ocasionaly like all do but not often) i do not dislike them because of it though they can sometimes agrevate me like all familys do i still love them

  105. a guy -  April 11, 2011 - 6:10 pm

    the idea that although you hold no comtempt for it that some people are so ignorant that they have refused to open their minds to the possibility that their way of life is wrong

    for exsample maybe god exsist and maybe he doesnt

    people like gloria and anon squabaling around because they are not open minded enough to perhaps make speculation on the fact that they may be wrong

    while a few still retain high enough intellectual ability to simply say it could be one way or and if they see proof then they could choose a path

    also people that have had a good life are more inclined to belive that god exsist then those that have had a hard one (except for those few who belive they have have had a hard life because of their sins or those who have nothing but instead throw themselfs out on the hope that maybe if they belive hard enough their luck will change for the better) i myself have had a hard life but i belive that untill i see proof then it could be true or could not i do not belive in any god(s) but i am not a atheis either

    i am but a child if i can see this then why cant (supposedly much more intelligent) adults see their ignorant closs mindedness

  106. a guy -  April 11, 2011 - 5:51 pm

    the feeling that the human race is really quite horrible and only then you realize that the worst scum dont know that they are scum at all but alos the faint hope that exsist because you know that somewhere there are those that are good people that deserve to live and are capable that you one day might meet

  107. Oh so Pogi -  April 11, 2011 - 5:44 pm

    oh, and another thing, it’s when you know what’s in another people’s heads. When you talk to a person, and you know what he is about to say, not deja vu, not perception, just knowing what is to come out of his/her mouth next.

    I could not agree with Gloria more :)

  108. Oh so Pogi -  April 11, 2011 - 5:30 pm

    When you see a really great band; see someone play the piano or anything with such poetry; When your having a perfect ten day, and everything just feels perfect, lastly, when you are deeply in love with a person where you don’t know if it’s the right thing.

    Sorry Dictionary.com, I just can’t find the right words to describe those feelings. Though, I can put it in a single word: “Whoa.” :)

  109. h -  April 11, 2011 - 5:26 pm

    i like pie

  110. a guy -  April 11, 2011 - 5:23 pm

    when i get the laptop charger working after like 5 hours of messing with it then it cuts off in the next 5 seconds

  111. a guy -  April 11, 2011 - 5:06 pm

    @Kathie Wallis’s “The moment when irony and coincidence bring a truth to you out of nowhere; when you realize the world is not as you were living it. As if the dimensional plane you are standing in suddenly shifts, just a bit, leaving you disoriented and the world around you is forever changed.”
    I think the word “”delusion” might describe this moment pretty well.

    i know how to describe this it is a 2 word phrase

    rooster illusion

    as ridiculous as that sounds it is a real term

  112. annonomous -  April 11, 2011 - 5:00 pm

    When somone does something for you and all you know how to say is Thankyou but you wish there was something more

  113. Fungible -  April 11, 2011 - 4:48 pm

    Kay: Could that be intriguing?

  114. Mia -  April 11, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    Trinity – I want to know that one too (you’re watching something happening and know you can’t stop it)! – more precisely, this moment of realisation that something BIG AND BAD is about to roll off and you’re right in it, and it will envelope you. Like a much more frightening and existential version of the feeling you get went all the way up on a roller-coaster (literally, not as a metaphor) and you know what’s going to come next but at the same time completely incapable to grasp it. All I can think of to describe it is “massive evil apprehension”. That any good? Thought so.

  115. kel -  April 11, 2011 - 4:34 pm

    Frankie on April 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm
    ‘How am I supposed to describe something that can’t be described in words???”

    - My thoughts exactly!

  116. kel -  April 11, 2011 - 4:29 pm

    “*When you love somebody, but it isn’t a romantic love.
    For example: The love you have for family members, your best friends, your pets, & someone who unexpectedly opens up to you in the middle of the night after you take care of his drunk girlfriend.”

    The word “love” in the English language is very limited. Greek has several words that all translate back to love: “Éros” is romantic love, “Philia” is brotherly love (like Philadelphia is known as the “City of Brotherly Love”, “Storge” is like the love between a mother and her child, and “Agápe” is sacrificial love (like someone dying to save someone they don’t even know).

  117. Link -  April 11, 2011 - 4:20 pm

    What word would you give to the deep gut feeling you get when you know you are taking a huge risk with incredibly high stakes?

    • Jaz -  February 15, 2015 - 7:56 pm


  118. kel -  April 11, 2011 - 4:20 pm

    Kim: I believe you might be looking for “independent”. Independence can be a good thing or a bad thing. (Like attempting to live independently from God will only result in pain, while the United States being independent from Great Britain results in freedom.)

  119. Link -  April 11, 2011 - 4:18 pm

    What is a word that captures the epitomy of an ingenious mastermind strategy?

  120. kay -  April 11, 2011 - 4:17 pm

    I am looking for a word that can be used instead of “interesting”, especially when describing a person(example: He was an interesting person). Any ideas on another word that can be used the same way?

    • Jaz -  February 15, 2015 - 7:57 pm

      Unique, curious

  121. Derek Taiki -  April 11, 2011 - 4:12 pm

    When you see something from your past (an elementary school, for example), and feel nostalgic, but you don’t think what you’re feeling nostalgic for actually happened- at least, when you were alive.

  122. Alex -  April 11, 2011 - 4:09 pm

    I can not seem to find a word that mean that a person with knowledge and will never steer you wrong.

  123. Fungible -  April 11, 2011 - 4:09 pm

    To Erinshmerin:I know there is a Greek word with a similar meaning–it means “brotherly love.” The word is agapis, or something close to that.

  124. IHaveNoName -  April 11, 2011 - 4:05 pm

    I know this sounds untrifling compared to some other very poetic comments, but I’ve noticed there are no synonyms AT ALL for “dictionary” or “thesaurus”–if you look it up in the thesaurus, it gives “dictionary” and “thesaurus” as synonyms. In a way, that’s ineffable.

  125. Erinshmerin -  April 11, 2011 - 3:45 pm

    *When you love somebody, but it isn’t a romantic love.
    For example: The love you have for family members, your best friends, your pets, & someone who unexpectedly opens up to you in the middle of the night after you take care of his drunk girlfriend.

  126. Erinshmerin -  April 11, 2011 - 3:42 pm

    When you love somebody, but it isn’t a romantic love.
    For example: T

  127. a -  April 11, 2011 - 3:32 pm

    The sound of being underwater.

  128. bert -  April 11, 2011 - 3:12 pm

    Most golfers are familiar with the phrase “take a Mulligan.” Who was Mr. (or Mrs. or Ms) Mulligan? Was he (or she) also famous for a stew recipe?

  129. Bryan H. Allen -  April 11, 2011 - 2:50 pm

    Joe (April 11, 2011 at 4:49 am), the standard term “cognitive dissonance” vaguely moves in the descriptive direction you seek.  Modifying it further, perhaps the nonce term “emotive cacophony” (worse than metaphorical “dissonance”) inches more in that direction.  As for the pain’s intensity, the terms “paroxysm”, “convulsion”, and “explosion” of “distress”, “anguish” or “torment” might approach it.

    Joe, you were horrendously, mind-bogglingly wronged.  I wonder, if you had been a civilian who suffered a leg amputa­tion or spinal paralysis, perhaps from that species of urban warfare called violent crime, would she have similarly dumped you?  I suspect so.  Her sense of decency and empathy seem blighted, corroded, rotted, putrefied (and other words from Thesaurus.com) in her failing to recognize or to heed that her chosen husband’s need for a rock of emotional stability amidst the horror of combat far transcended her flighty feeling of transient need to fill a minor, temporary void.

    That said, it is evident that you did not know the woman whom you chose for your wife nearly well enough.  She also might have contributed to that, hiding part of her character.  Nevertheless, your case offers a lesson in the school of deep stabs (worse than “hard knocks”) for every reader here.  It is utterly necessary, using one’s dispassionate intellect, to probe the history and character (“personality”) of another to whom one feels attracted before, before, before letting oneself prefer or choose that person emotionally or commit one’s feelings to that person—let alone make a verbal “commitment”.  Once one chooses—or lets oneself “fall”—for the person, it is too late to avoid emotional pain (to some degree or at some unknown time).  (The term “to fall”, in an attractive or amorous context, is a weasel lie of an excuse in many a culture, as it falsely implies that the process is “hard-wired” in the human brain and inexorable, but it is learned in childhood and can be avoided and unlearned with diligence.)

    Leaving the management of one’s emotional life to one’s emotions is a form of “Russian roulette”.  Sooner or later, one will take an emotional bullet.  Mothers who teach their daughters to let their emotions arbitrate (!) their emotions program their daughters (and their daughters’ daughters in perpetuity) for lifetimes of needless pain and useless, functionless dependency upon others to solve problems otherwise entirely in one’s own grasp—or to leave them endlessly unsolved.  (Father’s who fail to negotiate with their wives to end that cycle lend a pistol to that conflict.)  However, Joe, we see in your case that men too commonly let themselves fall into this pandemic error too.  Suppressing one’s emotions (much worse yet, suppressing one’s awareness of them) is an anti-solution just as bad.

    Sketching the right approach, one must diligently make the habit of skeptical self-observation and self-awareness.  Then, one must regularly, constantly nudge one’s acquired old attitudes toward new attitudes—attitudes which make rational self-interest and emotional response congrue: to concur, correspond, reciprocally match and support; to render them harmonious.  To nudge them, repeatedly attach (impose upon yourself) new labels of thought and emotion to what you perceive: “good” versus “bad”, “better/worse than I had thought”, “fact/illusion”,  “old mistake/new correction”, “mutually advantageous/self-defeating” ….

    (For example, imagine someone who habitually chased facially “beautiful” women who then repeatedly stabbed him.  The remedy is, every time one feels pleasure seeing a “beautiful” woman, remind oneself regularly, repeatedly, and emphatical­ly that outward “beauty” is a biological illusion, like a house of mirrors, like a scam, where nature’s disparate purpose is to make more babies with young, fertile women.  Amongst women, substitute “more-fecund young men”.  Examine and ponder what that means!  Apply new labels to them, and make them stick, like “This is a tricky, insidious illusion, illusion, illusion”.  Mentally cut them down to size with firm, unwavering auto-messages like “I refuse to fall on the sharp tip of their icebergs”.  Vow resolutely to “get to the bottom” of every woman’s—or conversely, every man’s—true, factual character.)

    By accident, I found a website bearing more, interesting, challenging messages: AlphaPub.com.  They confound and daunt me too.

    My dear sir, self-medication for more than a very few transitory, decremental days is a second, self-inflicted wound.  Everyone has an innate repository of capacity, at long length, to reform one’s own mind to avert, resolve, or defuse psychological pain.  In some people, like me, childhood horrors crippled that capacity.  (Everyone notices my verbose­ness.)  Nevertheless, almost every so-called “good” which any psycho-active drug or “medicine” might accomplish you can independently accomplish at long length with just the right diligent training of your own mind.  Relying upon an exogenous drug to do that for you is self-inflicted slavery in a hidden form.

    (Imagine, contrary to fact, that exogenous, mechanical, kidney dialysis could achieve a much purer result than one’s own kidneys.  Would you choose to undergo a nephrectomy in order to depend for a lifetime upon the ““better”” machine over your own endogenous capacity?  Obviously, if you needed the machine’s boost temporarily, you would accept it under medical supervision to get back on your own two feet.)  In our deluded, “pill-happy” society, you must diligently seek and seek again the endogenous alternative of self-reprogramming against the many false-economy, pied-piper scoffers.

    Joe, thank you deeply for having the courage to serve the coalition’s mission in al-‘Irâq, much as I disapprove of the original presidential decision.  The coalition must now restore that country to wholeness, and you were honorably part of doing so.  Make the best of luck for yourself now.

  130. Jordan Walker -  April 11, 2011 - 2:24 pm

    The feelings that atmospheres and environments bestow upon me; the unfathomable emotions that are unlocked by the wilderness and visions from my imagination. I can never describe powerful feelings. The desert especially gives me an incredibly strong feeling. When I’m alone in the desert, it captivates and hypnotizes me. When I think about the desert, I feel as though I just want to run away to its canyons and valleys to die. The desert is one of the best examples of atmospheric feelings I’ve experienced.

  131. Jansi -  April 11, 2011 - 2:17 pm

    I need another word for awesome…Something really spectacular!

  132. Kaila -  April 11, 2011 - 2:07 pm

    This is not an experience. I would just like to say that Sylvia Plath is the greatest at taking all those carzy, ambiguous feelings stemming from situations or emotions that you cannot put into words and she puts those feelings into the words you could not find or better words than you came up with in the first place. So, read Sylvia Plath I guess.

  133. Callisto -  April 11, 2011 - 1:45 pm

    Dear Hannah Rose:

    I agree that it is hard to put words to that, but I have experienced something similar (Or so I think) and perhaps a couple different words would help.

    Clarity, Wonder, Whole, A sense of true happiness that is not just because of what’s happening, but also because you have someone to share it with.

  134. Hannah Rose -  April 11, 2011 - 1:32 pm

    I have no words for this feeling…

    My brother once took to a very special place to him, a secret part of the hillside where you could hear all the trees in the valley below breathe at once. We sat there together, listening, and it was a perfect moment for me. I was so content that I didn’t even want to speak, which is unusual for me, as I am usually quite the talker. What is that feeling (so contented with the moment that you don’t want to change anything or even speak because it might break you out of a moment or reverie)? Also, what is the feeling called of being so comfortable with a person you don’t even need to say anything out loud?

  135. Callisto -  April 11, 2011 - 1:30 pm

    I’ll try and describe this well because I know what happened (sort of; it was a dream) but it’s hard to put a word on the situation. Here goes nothing.

    A little while ago, in real life, my cat died, in my dream I went about my business following the plot line, saving the world and all of that jazz, when I saw my cat. I was overjoyed to see him once again because I’d been so sad, but it was painful too because I knew he was dead and it was hard to see him without being sad. It was a feeling powerful enough to divert my dream to try and catch him for a while but every time I got close enough to see his eyes he disappeared like he was never there.

  136. Dean -  April 11, 2011 - 1:27 pm

    I ran into somebody in a hallway and we couldn’t seem to pass each other, we both went to one side, then we both went to the other side to try to pass each other, then back to the first side. We each really needed stay to our right or perhaps (like in England) to our left.

    That person said that there’s no such word for that situation and and suggested the term “deadly embrace”, which was a technical term of some kind (this was a long time ago).

  137. Richard Durst -  April 11, 2011 - 1:12 pm

    > And Kathie Wallis stumped us with: “The moment when irony and
    > coincidence bring a truth to you out of nowhere; when you realize the
    > world is not as you were living it. As if the dimensional plane you
    > are standing in suddenly shifts, just a bit, leaving you disoriented
    > and the world around you is forever changed.”

    Sounds like a paradigm shift to me.

  138. Lydia -  April 11, 2011 - 12:38 pm

    hey…just curious cathy? do u hav a student named nishal in ur class??

  139. canada13 -  April 11, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    that is called collateral damage of the breakdown of society; ok is there a word.
    and Madeleine, your grandmother is your namesame, you are her granddaughter.

  140. Liz -  April 11, 2011 - 12:36 pm

    when u get ur 1st kiss but u don’t like the guy…is there a word for that? and how do u tell him u don’t like him??? OMG…tell me quick!!!!

  141. canada13 -  April 11, 2011 - 12:31 pm

    to Joe:

    is there a word for “picked the wrong wife” ?
    - what about “you are a better person than you thought she was”
    I’m sorry about what you went thru, and hope that the american health care system will help you, who sound like a good, sensitive person with a huge heart, after you are back home.

  142. Aoife -  April 11, 2011 - 12:27 pm

    When you find a saying, and you want to say that it like surmises your life at the minute, or its like the perfect description of life in general… not sure I am expressing myself properly at all here! it makes sense in my mind…

  143. Madaleine -  April 11, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    I was named after my grandmother, so I am her namesake. What is she to me?

  144. Cathy -  April 11, 2011 - 11:47 am

    Irritation but also slight amusement, such as the feeling I get sometimes teaching my wonderfully insane and bizarre middle school students.

  145. Monica -  April 11, 2011 - 11:15 am

    There is a term in Spanish that I have not been able to adequately translate into English – “estrenar.” In Spanish, it means to use something new for the first time, ex: I am “estrenando” my car. I am “estrenando” my shoes. Is there a similar concept and word in English?

  146. Jh -  April 11, 2011 - 11:07 am

    Is there a word to describe something that makes you dizzy, where the word “vertiginous” doesn’t work?

  147. Bonsai -  April 11, 2011 - 10:41 am

    When memory eludes you, but comes back at a later, irrelevant, and insignificant time.

  148. Sattainson -  April 11, 2011 - 10:10 am

    1. Nature
    2. God’s presence, praying
    3. Sinning
    4. Choosing to be determined, Confidence
    5. Being scared
    6. The movie Indescribable
    7. The size of the universe
    8. God’s faithfulness
    9. Going to church

    Basically, its God’s attributes and the things He created that make me awestruck. And then my sin ruins it for me. And i can’t describe why I am afraid or why I choose to sin.

  149. Melanie -  April 11, 2011 - 10:08 am

    The first witness of a new life, be it a human or animal or seeing pictures of space and the universe. In my opinion, some songs can only say what needs to be said. Gabriel’s Oboe by Ennio Moriconne is one of those songs. It says everything without saying anything at all.

  150. Stefani -  April 11, 2011 - 9:44 am

    There is no word for the perfect blue of a bright summer sky when the winds are fair and the world is brilliant yellow and green.

  151. alissa -  April 11, 2011 - 9:33 am

    Poetry often attempts to express the ineffable and the seemingly inexpressible. Many of these comments are great seeds of poems. Reading the work of other poets may hit chords of your own experience as well.

  152. Ray -  April 11, 2011 - 9:28 am

    …being exhausted, too far out from shore, on a surfboard you barely know how to ride…with the clear threat of sharks and man o’ wars beneath.

    looking out into the blue forever…and tasting the salt from your own tears on your tongue.

  153. Raycheal -  April 11, 2011 - 9:24 am

    when you look at your dog and realize how much you love her…and how you and her have never had a human language conversation.

    • Jaz -  February 15, 2015 - 8:05 pm

      True emotional connection and a high vibration.

  154. John -  April 11, 2011 - 8:57 am

    The English equivalent to “deja vu” is “deja vu all over again.” (At least according to the renowned linguist Yogi Berra.)

  155. fox -  April 11, 2011 - 8:54 am

    when the person you love the most asks you how much you love them.

  156. meg -  April 11, 2011 - 8:53 am

    when some one scares you by the way they look, and yet you still love them

  157. Nathan -  April 11, 2011 - 8:24 am

    when you’re eating at a diner reminiscing with your companion and suddenly an addict stoked up on meth comes punching through the casement windows of the diner, Ford Explorer in tow, and unknowingly murders your companion and the 3rd trimester twins still baking in her belly. Luckily you’re still there, standing, staring, while the methhead is crawling out of the drivers seat; something your twins will never do…crawl

  158. J -  April 11, 2011 - 8:02 am

    zllex: pot to kettle?

  159. Miley -  April 11, 2011 - 7:59 am

    I remember the boy but I don’t remember the feeling anymore…… How to describe it?

  160. Miley -  April 11, 2011 - 7:55 am


  161. Amber -  April 11, 2011 - 7:30 am

    Knowing that when you look in the mirror, you can choose either; who you want to be, who you are (inside),who you have to be,AND WHO PEOPLE MAKE YOU.

  162. Alison -  April 11, 2011 - 7:27 am

    Hey Johnny B, How about “tolerance” –and cut yourself some slack. Have confidence and faith in your own ability and you will notice and appreciate your own improvement!

  163. Scarlett -  April 11, 2011 - 7:18 am

    The feeling you have when you think you are in love with a person but something tells you that you shouldn’t say it, so you beat around the bush with weird synonyms, and analogies that you think means the same thing as, “I love you”.

  164. Kristin Solo -  April 11, 2011 - 6:46 am

    Luck in W:
    Contemptible / Beneath Contempt does it for me!

  165. cody -  April 11, 2011 - 6:44 am

    Your love for someone and how much they mean to you.

  166. Steve -  April 11, 2011 - 6:44 am

    Transcendent is likely closest to the thread of thoughts here. All words and all things are but metaphors pointing to something else beyond and behind the visible. Meister Eckhart referred to God as, “superessential nothingness.” Makes me scratch my head, but too, I get that!
    I think it was he who also remarked, “The best things in life cannot be told, the second best are misunderstood.”

    When confronted with the sublime distances of space or a vista opening up your senses to awe, that is participation in the divine.

  167. S -  April 11, 2011 - 6:41 am

    Going to college and realizing how many words I did not know.

  168. Kristin Solo -  April 11, 2011 - 6:32 am

    Victoria Mabry..
    Yes indeed Vicky… Such contemplation inspires ‘The Fear of The Lord’!
    How about…
    AA!! Awesome Amazing!!
    Breathtakingly overwhelming!

  169. Winston Ching -  April 11, 2011 - 6:20 am

    I am a Chinese and please forgive my poor English
    People pushed their heads and necks forward without moving their bodies (like a chicken does), usually when they are confused, startled or amused
    Is there any word suiting this action?
    Thanks very much

  170. roomfulofdirt -  April 11, 2011 - 5:46 am

    The feeling that two of your friends, who have never met, know each other. ROkildkev

  171. Niema -  April 11, 2011 - 5:02 am

    When I am really proud of myself.

  172. Joe -  April 11, 2011 - 4:49 am

    The word I am looking for was a feeling I felt when I was deployed to fight in the Iraq War in 2004. I was on the phone with my wife. I had been in Iraq for 6 months already and was looking at least another 6 months before I could come home. My wife told me over the phone that she was ‘seeing’ someone else and that she wanted a divorce. Most people can see divorce coming because of how relationships in the recent past have been. For me, it was a complete shock to even hear of this news. I literally went from feeling like I was married to the greatest woman on the planet to feeling like a bomb exploded on my insides within the time it takes to say, ‘I’m seeing someone else’. The feelings: Anger, mixed with deep sorrowful lacerations of my soul accompanied by an acute feeling of betrayal which overwhelmed my senses and threw me into a suicidal/homicidal mind-frame with a tendency to abuse drugs and alcohol to self- medicate.

    The word???

    • Jaz -  February 15, 2015 - 8:08 pm


  173. JES -  April 11, 2011 - 4:12 am

    I assume, and it is just an assumption devoid of any hard scientific evidence supporting it, that music is and always will be, the sole human product that may led us as close as we can get to the ineffable. Yet, no matter how close to perfection a music can be created and played, at the core of our self, the ineffable will remain as is, ineffable.

  174. LampsJT -  April 11, 2011 - 3:45 am

    or sangfroid even..

  175. LampsJT -  April 11, 2011 - 3:44 am

    Also.. Self-possession/equanimity describes VEllisonne’s query better. I really should be an editor!!

  176. LampsJT -  April 11, 2011 - 3:42 am

    Kathie Wallis..

    Peripeteia or ‘haps the phrase ‘my Venus turns out a whelp’

  177. eleni -  April 11, 2011 - 3:32 am

    Der Eyewitness

    I have enjoyed your posts. Esp on paradigm flux. I read your post after i’d responded to kathie’s. Glad to know we were tbhinking along the same lines.

    Here are some questions:

    1. What do you call a phone that is difficult to compose messages on, and that makes pinctuation/spelling errors(something like temperamental?) .

    .2. what about the feeling of wanting to fix them up but not being bothered because its too slow?! (Detachment or something like it perhaps?)

    3. And what about the feeling of gratitude for other people’s tolerance of such errores”"?

    4. And what about the feeling that I’m feeling now “I’m not really a bad speller, I promise!. I actually value good typing even if you can’t see the evidence” LOL (hypocrite??)

  178. eleni -  April 11, 2011 - 3:10 am

    @ ran

    I don’t know a word in english, but the tongan language has a great word “faka’ofa” which translates something like”condolences” or “I’m sorry to hear that”.

    Can be used for any of the bad news you described – big or small.

    (I’ve introduced this word to my family and friends but unfortunately it won’t catch on in english because it sounds like. A swear word!)

  179. eleni -  April 11, 2011 - 3:05 am

    @ kathie wallis

    How about “paradigm shift”? I first learned this word from stephen covey’s book (I think that’s where it was)

  180. Edward -  April 11, 2011 - 1:32 am

    When you can’t find the right word, I think you what you’re looking for is ‘Thesaurus’.

  181. God isn't real -  April 11, 2011 - 1:29 am

    Mushrooms. The feeling of being on mushrooms is completely beyond words. It’s somewhere between conscious and dreaming.

    btw the feeling of god, like the feeling of mushrooms, is completely in your head. I promise you. 100%. If god was real and you could “feel” his presence everyone should be able to do it. Not everyone can feel his presence. Only Christians…hmm…how odd! The only people who can feel god are the people who already believe in him! How convenient.

  182. Adam -  April 11, 2011 - 12:53 am

    “Kaynel on April 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm
    The guilt of tasting forbidden fruit and finding out it wasn’t as tasty as I thought.”

    To change the mood a little I’ve been posing down the pub
    On seeing my reflection I’m looking slightly rough
    I fancy this, I fancy that, I wanna bit o’ flash
    I give a little muscle and I spend a little cash
    But all I get is bitter and a nasty little rash
    And by the time I’m sober I’ve forgotten what I’ve had
    And ev’rybody tells me that it’s cool to be a cat

    Squeeze – Cool for cats

  183. Alexis -  April 11, 2011 - 12:41 am

    The word i would use is WOW :)

  184. Zupa -  April 11, 2011 - 12:21 am

    In posts like this, the comment system of this page should be like that of online forums, not this. I’d love to go over all the suggestions for words, but a plain list of comments in chronological order just won’t do.

  185. JJ -  April 10, 2011 - 11:54 pm

    The feeling you get after your mom or someone really close to you dies and you just can’t believe that what you’re living is really happening…

    • Jaz -  February 15, 2015 - 8:10 pm

      Temporary displacement.

  186. jyotsna -  April 10, 2011 - 11:11 pm

    I would like to join these words of Arlene, VEllisonne & Kathie Wallis

    _Hideous crimes committed by people (e.g., parents harming their own children, children murdering their parents); essentially, the evil things that people do against others.

    “When I found myself in the middle of a dangerous situation but was completely calm and alright with the whole thing.”

    “The moment when irony and coincidence bring a truth to you out of nowhere; when you realize the world is not as you were living it. As if the dimensional plane you are standing in suddenly shifts, just a bit, leaving you disoriented and the world around you is forever changed.”

  187. Emily Reinhardt -  April 10, 2011 - 10:37 pm

    when my current boyfriend first asked me out, i looked into his eyes and i couldn’t explain how i felt. it was,so, like amazing!!!!!!! i just can’t explain it.

  188. Sarah -  April 10, 2011 - 10:14 pm

    Seeing the landscapes of Costa Rica in person.

  189. Eyewitness -  April 10, 2011 - 9:33 pm

    Dear Gloria:

    I think the word that best serves you is simply “faith.” It does not matter that the word “faith” has become a cliche. Humans make cliches. You are under no obligation to respect the cliches of others. God bless you.

  190. Andy -  April 10, 2011 - 9:27 pm

    Luck in W:

    “How do you describe people who can’t resist denigrating, mocking or dissing people who don’t think or believe the same way they do? Or that feeling you get when you encounter such denigration? Sadness isn’t strong enough. Shame for the human race isn’t either.”

    Some suggestions:

    Referring to the people you describe: Judgmental, condemning, intolerant

    Referring to feeling you get: Disillusionment & dismayed are good words that to me are a mixture of shame/sadness, but they’re more on the “melancholy” end of the emotional intensity spectrum

  191. Eyewitness -  April 10, 2011 - 9:19 pm

    Dear Ryan,

    Part Two: The word “prevaricate” also serves, I would say. Best wishes.

  192. Eyewitness -  April 10, 2011 - 9:18 pm

    Dear Ryan:

    Regrettably, the word you are seeking has all too many occasions for use. I believe the word you are seeking is the modern formation, “spin.”

  193. Andy -  April 10, 2011 - 9:16 pm

    Ryan: I think it depends on the way you’re trying to “spin” the person’s behavior…but here are some suggestions (some of these are sayings):

    White lie, circumventing, vague, non-committal, walking on eggshells, cagey, tactful, evasive, cryptic

    This is kind of fun. :) Well, at least for word nerds like me.

  194. Eyewitness -  April 10, 2011 - 9:12 pm

    Dear LR:

    I know what you mean. I love that aroma. It may be a subliminal driver of my interest in gardening. I have loved that aroma since childhood, before I did any gardening. Fortunately for me, I grew up in surroundings where the smell of the earth could rise into the air. The word I have used to capture that peculiar scent is “loamic,” a back formation from the noun “loam.”

    The dictionary recommends the adjectival form of loam to be “loamy,” but I simply don’t care for the sound of it. To me, “loamy” implies “like loam,” as in “similar to” the nature of loam by comparison of something against loam.

    “Loamic” to me means actually “of loam,” derived from or emanating from–like that divine scent. Let’s take a deep breath of it together, just to celebrate the ground thawing and the arrival of Spring. Best wishes.

  195. Eyewitness -  April 10, 2011 - 9:00 pm

    Dear Jane Steinberg:

    Flummoxed. I hope you don’t need this word often. Best wishes.

  196. Taha -  April 10, 2011 - 8:59 pm

    Okay, could someone please help me? I know it sounds weird, but is there a platonic equivalent for “my darling”? I have a close friend. She is by far my best, and perhaps my only, friend, and I am a boy. And I sometimes want to call her by something other than her name, something that expresses the bond that I feel connects us. At the same time, I don’t want to get too romantic. I’ve used “my dear friend”, but is there a more interesting way to say it? Thank you, I greatly appreciate it.

  197. Eyewitness -  April 10, 2011 - 8:56 pm

    Dear Kathie Wallis:

    I personally believe that I well understand the phenomenon you describe. For many years I have been employed in a particular branch of research without a great deal of precedent for me to follow, and “the carpet has been pulled out from underneath me” (and my colleagues) several times. No, I am not recommending that old “carpet pulling” cliche as an answer to your question.

    I believe the closest I have found to capture the sense of what you describe is a term I was obliged to coin in light of the absense of any which adequately served the purpose–even I, extremely fluent in english, had to invent something. You might try this: “paradigm flux” or “spectrum flux” or “spectral flux.” When I needed to communicate that event to someone, those terms (which I consider synonymous / interchangeable) sufficed for me.

    Special note: I felt the term “paradigm shift” did not serve for a particular reason. Paradigm shift (or ‘red shift’) is a predictable behavior. That is why it is used to judge the distance of galactic objects. It describes a sense of what is expected, not what is completely unexpected. Best wishes.

  198. Eyewitness -  April 10, 2011 - 8:30 pm

    Dear blondie:

    You asked to be helped, so I accept your plea. Lady Gaga is a marketing puppet. And her audience are consumers of a mass produced media commodity. The inspiration you feel is a carefully crafted manipulation of your gulibility. I would guess the indescribable feeling you had at the concert was “stoned.”

    I am hoping for a better future for you than buying into the media grist mill that churns out these money-magnets like assembly line pick pockets. Best wishes, my dear.

  199. Eyewitness -  April 10, 2011 - 8:22 pm

    Dear Lala:

    For that great job you did in the competition, how about simply the word, “victorious,” in the original heroic sense of that word? The latin root for “victorious” (adjective) and “victor” (noun) is vincere, which means “to conquer.” Congratulations.

  200. Ryan -  April 10, 2011 - 8:16 pm

    Gloria, I believe what you’re looking for is in 1 Peter 1:8; “Joy unspeakable (or ineffable) and full of glory.”

    I want to know if there’s a word for when a person responds to a question in such a way that doesn’t really answer the question asked but the person asking might not realize it. This usually happens when the person answering is afraid to upset or offend anyone. Essentially what I’m looking for is one word that means “beating around the bush.”

  201. Eyewitness -  April 10, 2011 - 8:16 pm

    Dear LaLaEggyGirl:

    My dear, I think the word you are looking for is “Onomatopia.”

    The word “otomotopia” (as in your post to this discussion) is not ineffiable. It is non-existant.

  202. Eyewitness -  April 10, 2011 - 8:08 pm

    Dear liongrrrrl:

    There is a word for that particular smirking smile. The word is moue.

    As for the accompanying folding of the arms, I cannot say.

    For the accompanying eye contact, I believe “a bat of the eyes” is what you are describing. “Batting one’s eyes” is not always a continuous action, as in flirtatious fluttering of the eyes (at someone). A singular “bat of the eyes” can mean just that: you sock’em in the eyes with your eyes!

  203. Eyewitness -  April 10, 2011 - 8:01 pm

    Dear Hot Word Editors:
    The word “ineffable” is not a new word to me, and I have always believed/been taught that “ineffable” carried with it an implication of the trascendent. A thing ineffable is a thing inutterable for the intrisic lack of perception / understanding / comprehension in secular experience. An example of this is the Hebrew word YHVH (pronounced yahweh), a formation of characters devised by Judiac scholars in antiquity based upon their belief that the name of God was too sacred every to be spoken by mortal men: that is to say, those scholars believed the name of God to be “ineffable.”

  204. Victoria Mabry -  April 10, 2011 - 8:00 pm

    When trying to describe the enormous, gargantuan, massive ….size of the Universe. It IS the largest thing known to man, but the word “largest” falls miserably short of describing this incredible creation. For instance:

    • Diameter Earth 8000 Miles
    • Sun 860,000 Miles
    • Earth-Sun Distance 93,000,000 Miles
    • Distance To Pluto 4,000,000,000 Miles
    • One Light-Year 6,000,000,000,000 Miles
    • Nearest Star 4 Light Years = 24,000,000,000,000 Mi Les
    • Diameter of the Galaxy 100,000 Light Years = About 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 Miles
    • Distance to the Andromeda Galaxy 3,000,000 Light Years About 20,000,000,000,000,000,000 Miles

    ……………….and God just spoke it all into existence. Do you have a word for how incredible that is?

  205. Eyewitness -  April 10, 2011 - 7:46 pm

    Dear Kim:
    I think the word that best captures the opposite of “devoted” is “removed,” in the emotional and/or psychological sense. It is beyond “indifferent.” Unlike other descriptors of negative emotions, “removed” conveys a sense of being beyond any emotional reponse (to someone or something).

  206. Nams -  April 10, 2011 - 7:45 pm

    someone who doesn’t forgive easily

  207. Eyewitness -  April 10, 2011 - 7:42 pm

    Dear Johnny B:
    I think a word that captures that exasperation and frustrated anger you are describing is “bummed,” or perhaps “(expletive deleted) bummed.”

  208. Eyewitness -  April 10, 2011 - 7:37 pm

    Dear Wordjunkie:
    There are two words for that: motherhood and fatherhood. The rest of the vocabulary is superfluous.

  209. Tiffany -  April 10, 2011 - 7:27 pm

    For: VEllisonne on twitter The word ‘aquanimity’

  210. Luck in W -  April 10, 2011 - 7:16 pm

    How do you describe people who can’t resist denigrating, mocking or dissing people who don’t think or believe the same way they do? Or that feeling you get when you encounter such denigration? Sadness isn’t strong enough. Shame for the human race isn’t either.

    For me, awe is a simple word which expresses so much in just one vowel: how I feel about God, the birth of a child, the beauty of nature in all its manifestations. You could also add other words, prefixes or suffixes to awe: awe-inspiring, awesome, full of awe, but of course, not awful.

  211. LR -  April 10, 2011 - 7:15 pm

    I’ve been trying to figure out the smell of damp, fertile earth before a rainstorm. I just can’t find any words to describe that wonderful scent!

  212. Tiana -  April 10, 2011 - 7:06 pm

    that one word that means happiness— but it means more…

    • Jaz -  February 15, 2015 - 8:15 pm

      Fulfillment, fulfilled

  213. Ashley -  April 10, 2011 - 6:52 pm

    –Similar to Ann Hopps Morgan, holding in your hands an object that was once involved in a great historical moment somewhere in the world: knowing that THIS saw that moment, and that YOU, however many years and miles in between, are holding IT.

    –A huge, emotional crescendo of music that you can feel reverberating both physically in your body and emotionally in your heart

    –a disturbing but very positive experience that leaves you both crying and laughing at once for utter joy

  214. yorKe -  April 10, 2011 - 6:50 pm

    for blue: submerging.
    for a test: dispirited.
    for a paper: fulfilled.
    for waking up: suspended. I love that feeling, its as if you are completely conscious of just how wonderful those minutes are because they feel like they’re gone already, and you’re looking at them both in the moment and in the future; it’s like living a good memory. :) sorry, I’m kind of a happy poet!

  215. kathy -  April 10, 2011 - 6:24 pm

    the feeling when you drink your favorite drink and you find out it lost its luster

  216. Anonymas -  April 10, 2011 - 6:19 pm

    When you’re standing around playing pool with a friend and someone who hasn’t spoken a word to you in three years walks in.

  217. Jane Steinberg -  April 10, 2011 - 6:01 pm

    a combination of embarrassed , upset,

  218. Sophie -  April 10, 2011 - 5:57 pm

    The feeling that is stronger and deeper than “I have a crush on you” or “I like you”, but not yet “I love you.” “I care deeply for you” sort of approaches it, but not really…

    Oh…and @Emma: “Finally printing out the paper you’ve been working on for the last several hours.” …could be euphoric, ecstatic, triumphant, jubilant, etc.. But for me the best is just “success”.

  219. Jesus Mooney -  April 10, 2011 - 5:51 pm

    @KathieWallis – perhaps a short phrase would work here. I like the idea of a ‘personal paradigm shift’ to describe your example.

  220. I'm an evil potato. -  April 10, 2011 - 5:49 pm

    And what about describing numbers? I’ve found it pretty much impossible to define a number without using the actual number in the definition.

  221. I'm an evil potato. -  April 10, 2011 - 5:47 pm

    Oh, and liongrrrl was the one I agreed with about the word “neglectful.”

  222. I'm an evil potato. -  April 10, 2011 - 5:46 pm

    What about the word for when there’s not a word for that in your language? Like if there’s a word in Japanese and something that /kinda/ means the same thing in English. A word for something that is ineffible, but only in your language.

    And I agree that “neglectful” is about the opposite of “devoted.” It seems like the closest word I know of, even if it’s not quite strong enough.

  223. awestruck -  April 10, 2011 - 5:45 pm

    i don’t have a word or phrase suggestion for what you experienced when you came home from
    ‘nam, but there are probably several separate words and maybe a phrase. I can imagine what
    you were feeling having survived your serious injury and then knowing you were going to to land on U.S. soil and actually see and embrace your pregnant wife and father. It is no small
    wonder that everything disappeared but your loved ones. It’s similiar to an out-of-body
    experience, but don’t know if that’s right. I was against the Vietnam War but never against
    the kids who had to go to fight , so thank you for your service. I hope you have been blessed
    with a really good life.

  224. aryn -  April 10, 2011 - 5:31 pm

    the feeling you get when you hug/kiss the person you’re in love with. i’ve been using similes and metaphors, which are probably better for my writing than using a single word… but i would still like to find a word to describe that feeling.

    @liongrrrrl – scowl?

  225. Anonymous -  April 10, 2011 - 5:27 pm

    1. Whenever you do something and you feel that you have done it in the past happy days.
    2. Whenever you hear a sad song or a familiar song that you used to hear all the time in the past when everything was happy but now everything’s a never-ending sadness.
    3. When you remember something that happened when you were little and in the happy times (for example, sometime this month when I was brushing my teeth, I remembered the time when I was 3 when I looked in the mirror and saw one of my teeth sparkle like in toothpaste commercials. I was so happy then.
    It’s hard to describe any one of these things in words.

  226. Lindsay -  April 10, 2011 - 5:18 pm

    Your first concert from the band that you’re obsessed with.

  227. Sarah -  April 10, 2011 - 5:06 pm

    Often and with a sense of urgency, I find myself feverishly seeking a sufficient verbal assignment to a fleeting emotion or thought on any given day. And within moments, I either let it recede or allow it to distract me for several hours. This must be some type of neurosis, I think. However, lately I actively and readily accept that not everything I experience necessarily _needs_ a word, though it would be nice. What’s in a word, anyhow, but a bunch of inertia?

  228. Luther -  April 10, 2011 - 4:36 pm

    How would you describe the feelings shown by an apollo who seems full of himself when the doors are shut closed in front of him and is deeply convinced that the world hates and is jealous of him because of his so-called beauty?
    I’m thinking about something between “haughty” and “condescending,” and combining these two words in a portmanteau such as “haughting.”

  229. mushuandboomboom -  April 10, 2011 - 4:35 pm

    The definition of cheesy
    Extreme happiness
    How you feel about a person you like
    Certain kinds of longing

  230. Luther -  April 10, 2011 - 4:27 pm

    It might have already been answered but:
    @Kathie Wallis’s “The moment when irony and coincidence bring a truth to you out of nowhere; when you realize the world is not as you were living it. As if the dimensional plane you are standing in suddenly shifts, just a bit, leaving you disoriented and the world around you is forever changed.”
    I think the word “”delusion” might describe this moment pretty well.

  231. Karen -  April 10, 2011 - 4:23 pm

    When you fall for someone and no matter how hard you try, how many guys walk in and out of your life, and how many years go by… you just cant seem to get over them.
    but then one day, you see them and bam, its like the feelings were never there.

  232. awestruck -  April 10, 2011 - 4:18 pm

    I don’t know if there is “a” word or words for the feeling you get in the National Parks or when
    holding a tiny baby, but I believe I experience the feeling or something close to the one you’re trying to describe. I am agnostic but if God exists, or Gods and Goddesses exist, then “God” exists in Nature, and in every living thing that creates a feeling of true “awe” (a tiny baby, a miniscule flower or anything that is perfect and miraculous.) Thanks for bringing this up because I’ve never persisted in trying to describe the uniqueness of being awestruck. For me it’s being totally overwhelmed and permeated by At-One-Ment. The feeling of being immersed in a sea of at-One-ment is an enormous, ecstatic gift. There is a feeling, too, of being humbled by such unspoiled grandeur.
    We look at the mountains and valleys and sense our gnat-like lifespan in the presence of the timeless permanence of such majesty. In the presence of such magnificence we are taken out of ourselves and brought to our knees mentally, spiritually, and sometimes, physically. Anyone lucky enough to experience this feeling, whatever they name it, has no choice but to be filled with awe and deep gratitude.

  233. Amanda -  April 10, 2011 - 4:08 pm

    Is there a word for the small voice in the back of your head that seems to remain rational while you are caught up in some uncontrollable emotion (be it anger, or sadness, or something else)?

  234. Chacho -  April 10, 2011 - 4:06 pm

    A smell that I don’t recognize, either really good, bad, or just plain wierd.

  235. Ias Petros -  April 10, 2011 - 3:45 pm

    Trying to describe God and his Sacred name, the Tetragrammaton, which is a 4 letter word…. Happy Eoster !

  236. Emma -  April 10, 2011 - 3:23 pm

    When I tried to describe the color blue to a blind friend.
    That instant after handing in a test when you realize you’ve used the wrong formula for the whole thing.
    Finally printing out the paper you’ve been working on for the last several hours.
    Waking up in the morning, warm and comfy under the blankets, 10 minutes before the alarm goes off.

  237. Abrar -  April 10, 2011 - 3:16 pm

    A sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.

    Some good words are: revelation, epiphany

  238. Tony -  April 10, 2011 - 3:14 pm

    when you travel and experience what a city or town has to offer.

  239. Henry Machtay -  April 10, 2011 - 3:07 pm

    Just because there is no word for it in the English language doesn’t mean it’s totally ineffable. Some words in Yiddish require convoluted explanations in English.

    NACHES (ch as in chanukah) is the sense of pride, a glow felt by a parent because of the accomplishments of their offspring. Anyone want to boil that down to one English word?

    MACHATEINISTE (also ch as in chanukah) is the mother-in-law of a woman’s child; an individual word being necessary to describe the relationship between these two mothers connected by the marriage of their children. No individual word in English. Interestingly there is an equivalent word in Japanese.

  240. Aleydis Sinclaire -  April 10, 2011 - 3:06 pm

    *his or her perception

  241. Aleydis Sinclaire -  April 10, 2011 - 3:05 pm

    Actually, I don’t think there are any times that exist in which words cannot fully embody the experience…after all, reality (what IS) is independent of how we perceive it (our interpretation of ‘what IS’). This is to say that the statement “There aren’t any words for this” is inaccurate, as well as a bit egotistic; superficially, it indicates ineffability, but with more scrutiny, it rather forcefully implies to the listener/reader that there are no words EXISTENT in any form anywhere to describe the experience. In actuality, only the person stating this is the one who is primarily unable to describe the situation, as there may be words even outside the vocabulary of the person stating this to properly convey the experience, whether they will exist at a future time or have at one point existed. Therefore, in this context, “There aren’t” (referring to the all-encompassing reality) should be modified to the phrase “I don’t have” (referring to one’s inability to describe their perception).

    …Sorry…I was just itching to shed light on that. I’m really big on semantics, philosophy, and such. I think this viewpoint is much more subtle than it should be, and thus, obscured.

  242. Chantal -  April 10, 2011 - 3:02 pm

    @pam g Way to go Pam! I completely agree with you. This is a place to discuss words and their meanings, not to try and sound like you’re a smart*ss. We don’t want people’s feelings to get hurt here; if we judge their experience how will they open up and share? Thanks for speak our pam g!

  243. Trinity -  April 10, 2011 - 2:54 pm

    The sick feeling you get when you’re seeing something happening, and you can’t stop it. Like if you’re in an airplane that’s going down . . . or the Twin Towers . . .

  244. captain z -  April 10, 2011 - 2:40 pm

    When ur super pissed

  245. Chinelo -  April 10, 2011 - 2:37 pm

    Experiencing God’s presence is definitelythe most ineffable, undescribable of all, it is something you don’t ever want to stop feeling. I hope you get the chance to feel His presence for yourself in your lifetime, you’ll remeber my words

  246. Berlynn -  April 10, 2011 - 2:32 pm

    EVERY time I hear, “In For the Kill (Skrillex remix)” by La Roux! The instrumental can stand alone but when you add her angelic voice… I swear it must be the sounds of heaven. I don’t know how to describe the feeling I get when I hear that track. No, this is in no way a joke. All of his music touches me in some way, shape or form but this specific track leaves me speechless.

  247. Jenn -  April 10, 2011 - 2:29 pm

    Dear Mr. Anonymous3456,
    Your adamant and inexorable denial of the possibility that there is a God has made it impossible for you to understand the ineffable feeling that Gloria has experienced. Cruel and demeaning quips about another person’s religion is petty and childish.

  248. trilby -  April 10, 2011 - 2:05 pm

    @Kim: How about “detached”, “distanced”, “unconcerned” or “uninvolved”?

  249. Madeline -  April 10, 2011 - 2:05 pm

    There is actually a collection of ineffable experiences, in which Douglas Adams gives names to each one. It is called “The Meaning of Liff.”

  250. Francis -  April 10, 2011 - 2:04 pm


  251. zllex -  April 10, 2011 - 2:04 pm

    Americans know fewer than 5% of words in dictionary…& you want to create more? We’re very sloppy in our grammar/syntax/spelling. Why not delete 90% of synonyms since neither Gen X nor Millennials use a thesaurus? That’s why they’re so insufferably boring. Look at all the typos & poor grammar ["your trying"] in 10 previous “Comments” [& wrong quote-mark placement]. Globally, we’re ranked low in math, science & vocabulary~~we used to be #1. Russians sliced their alphabet from 37 to 33 letters. Jon Stewart said: “Stop the insanity!” & let’s order some brain transplants. We don’t really need hundreds of synonyms for “do,” “great,” “produce,” “love,” “take,” &c. & we surely don’t need boorish college grads.

  252. MOOT -  April 10, 2011 - 1:54 pm

    Harry Reed

  253. sonia -  April 10, 2011 - 1:52 pm

    My feelings for “Hot Word” cannot be summarized in one word. They cover ingenious, respect, admiration, love, entertainment enjoyment and more…
    thank you

  254. pam g -  April 10, 2011 - 1:46 pm

    @Anon3456: What you said to Gloria was disrespectful. Some people really believe they can feel God’s presence or love. We should not discount what they think they are feeling, whether we agree with it or not. It’s like telling someone the grief they feel when their mother dies is delusional. It’s a feeling.

  255. Rebecca -  April 10, 2011 - 1:43 pm

    Anon3456, thats only because you haven’t experienced His presence.

  256. Karen -  April 10, 2011 - 1:39 pm

    When you’re with a fellow artist and he paints and you watch… and you just understand every stroke that he paints with his brush. You know why he does every move but it’s more than understanding them. It’s more like you’re already melting with him and you two are one already… It’s just so much of a harmony. We can’t put it in words and so what we usually do is just nod our heads when we can’t agree more on where the strokes “should” land.

  257. blondie -  April 10, 2011 - 1:37 pm

    when i went to the lady gaga/ Semi Precious weapons concert! i still dont know how to describe the raw epicness of it all please help me!!!!

  258. Leila -  April 10, 2011 - 1:34 pm

    I could not agree with Gloria more…

  259. Tobias Mook -  April 10, 2011 - 1:30 pm

    1 Trying to describe a color we can’t see
    2 Studying the words of Torah (Hebrew Testament)
    3 Studying the words of Darwin (Science Testament)
    4 thinking of what we can do in our finite, yet infinite lifespan

  260. lala -  April 10, 2011 - 1:28 pm

    being the underdog in a competition and coming out on top. especially when your teammates finally respect you… there is nothing that can be expressed in words that can describe it exactly. the best i could go for was “euphoric”, but that doesn’t quite describe it, does it?

  261. Salma -  April 10, 2011 - 1:17 pm

    There’s that ineffabilis feeling, a literal drop of your heart not even to your knees but rather to your ankles. I can’t type more because its ineffabilis..

  262. TD -  April 10, 2011 - 1:05 pm

    I was recently given a very prestigious award. The only people who new who the recipient was, were the Staff & the Board Members. It was the first time this award has ever been presented, & was a huge surprise. In my acceptance speech, I was literally “lost for words.” There has to be a greater expression of sincere gratitude than “Thank You.” Sometimes those two words just don’t cut it. They sound so informal & conventional. But for now, that’s all I have.

  263. Sarcasm -  April 10, 2011 - 1:02 pm

    Yeah, [heart]ran[heart], having someone near to you die and a “strong contender” voted off of American Idol give me the EXACT same feeling.
    Did your comment even sound intelligent in your head?

  264. Emory Allison Monroe -  April 10, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    1) At the end of the day, I lay in bed and think that the day was simply perfect, but not.
    2) When my friend dug me out of the crisis of cutting and suicide.
    3) The feeling of being lonely (but way beyond that) and different in a room full of people.
    And, I know from personal experience, Gloria, that it is a feeling of ineffability.

  265. klem39 -  April 10, 2011 - 12:57 pm

    When you meet someone, after many years, and you ask them about some one they know. Some one you had a lot of time for but have lost contact with. In that fraction of time before they answer your heart stops as you go thru the many emotions their answer could bring.

  266. Frankie -  April 10, 2011 - 12:54 pm

    How am I supposed to describe something that can’t be described in words???

  267. SkittleE -  April 10, 2011 - 12:50 pm

    Anon, I know without a doubt in my mind that God exists, so stop talking like that. Anywho, you know that feeling whenever you see something extremely gross (i.e. a centipede)? Yeah, maybe something other than “the willies” to describe that.

  268. Kaynel -  April 10, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    The guilt of tasting forbidden fruit and finding out it wasn’t as tasty as I thought.
    The difference between I love you and I’m attached to you.

  269. LaLaEggyGirl -  April 10, 2011 - 12:45 pm

    So I was writing a paper and I couldn’t summarize the otomotopia a steamship makes when it “honks”. ????HELP????

  270. SittingWonderDuck -  April 10, 2011 - 12:35 pm

    The words you are looking for are “delusion, fantasizing, fantasies, distorted reality, and etc.” Reality is independent of the human mind. Only the human mind generates fantasies or distorted realities. That’s psychology. Sometimes people consciously or unconsciously do it for optimism or simply as a natural defense mechanism.

    -Simon L.

  271. Derrick -  April 10, 2011 - 12:23 pm

    Haha nice one Anon3456.

    “__When music or a song gives me goosebumps, with a sensation of penetrating to the bones”

    Hmm, well I don’t have a word for this, but I do often employ a phrase when experiencing this: tapping into one’s accelerated emotions, an evolutionary state of higher consciousness.

    A mouthful, I know.

    Dreams/music/books/movies can gives us a sense of “confused curious haunting” (which is less than a mouthful, a tongueful?), but then most immediately span back to “reality” and stop exploring until the next twitch of the consciousness attempting to self evolve.

  272. khaty -  April 10, 2011 - 12:23 pm

    When I go to this place and I feel something strange about the winds out there but I just could not explain what exactly that is. It’s a really familiar feeling I just couldn’t name it.

  273. Jadeline -  April 10, 2011 - 12:22 pm

    When you are sitting with someone (unbelievably) special to you, on the beach front or in the park watching the sunset as the cool summer breeze blows on a warm day.. Does that feeling/experience qualify to be ineffable?

  274. Kurisutiina -  April 10, 2011 - 12:02 pm

    I think I have a perfect word for you, Anon3456: Spiteful.

    Gloria, the thing about God’s presence is that there /is/ no word. And that’s why it’s so crazy incredible.

    Anyway. I think I’ve given up trying to find words and I’ve resigned to accepting my alexithymia. ^_^

  275. livin4H!M -  April 10, 2011 - 12:02 pm

    Gloria, the word you are ACTUALLY looking for is, without a doubt, not “delusional”, for people who experience God’s presence are completely in thier right mind. Feeling like God is right there with you is an incomprehensible form of magic that is something that cannot be bound by mere words.

  276. LR -  April 10, 2011 - 11:52 am

    Gloria: Good suggestion. :)

    Norma: The feeling of meeting a kindred spirit is definitely hard to define. Do you mean “connected” or something a little deeper/more?

    Kim: Would the complete opposite of “devoted” be something like “antagonistic”?

  277. liongrrrrl -  April 10, 2011 - 11:43 am

    Oh and by the way Kim, you could use apathetic, disloyal, inconstant, neglectful, negligent, uncommitted, unfaithful, or untrustworthy. Hope that helps.

  278. liongrrrrl -  April 10, 2011 - 11:41 am

    And does anyone else find it ironic that there is a word for not being able to put something into words? :)

  279. liongrrrrl -  April 10, 2011 - 11:40 am

    I can’t figure out how to put certain facial expressions to words, like when someone says something sarcastic to another person and that person gives them a *look*, where they blink kind of long and stare at them, maybe pursing their lips or folding their arms. I can’t figure that one out.

  280. Grace Sabarus -  April 10, 2011 - 11:36 am

    Anon3456, delusion is a result of “belief” in your “mind”. “Experience” is a result of “affection” in your core. Gloria, I think your word is AWESOME: so impressive or overwhelming as to inspire a strong feeling of admiration and at the same, you can feel you’re being admired by God.

  281. zebub -  April 10, 2011 - 11:33 am

    XD Anon, you made me laugh!

  282. Jewels -  April 10, 2011 - 11:27 am

    @ Arlene (some suggestions):

    abomination for #3
    stench for #4
    … perhaps you could describe #8 as a sensation similar to the one W.B. Yeats proposes in his poem, The Arrow: “I thought of your beauty, and this arrow, / Made out of a wild thought, is in my marrow.”
    I would also like to point out the word sublime.

  283. LD -  April 10, 2011 - 11:27 am

    Anon3456, that was just rude.

  284. wordjunkie -  April 10, 2011 - 10:48 am

    How about the inexplicable joy, pride, love, etc you feel when you hold your newborn baby for the first time?

  285. PrimordialWoman -  April 10, 2011 - 10:43 am

    Yeah, it’s like when someone equates the death of a loved one with the votes on American Idol. In-freaking-effable.

  286. malcolm -  April 10, 2011 - 10:16 am

    (heart) ran (heart) on April 9, 2011 10:27pm

    Sounds like karma, kismet, or Providence

  287. Dieter Simon -  April 10, 2011 - 9:39 am

    Yes “ran” is right. There is actually a difference between a dictionary definition of a concept, idea or feeling, and one that a human being experiences and would like to describe but can’t because he/she is unable to find the right word to do justice to that feeling.
    Child birth, Arlene? Any dictionary will give you “parturition”, but describe it the way a mother would feel? No matter what the words are, they wouldn’t do justice to her feelings

  288. Curly -  April 10, 2011 - 9:34 am


    “Awe” for the national parks. Not nearly strong enough, but I think it’s the right feeling.


    I see what you mean. My thesaurus gives me “uncommitted” as an antonym, but I’m guessing you wanted something active, not passive. Something more defiant. So some sort of cross between “uncommitted” and “defiant”?

  289. Realist -  April 10, 2011 - 9:04 am

    @Anon3456: You took the words right out of my mouth. LOL

  290. jonlue -  April 10, 2011 - 8:32 am

    I need an opposite to integral and an adjectival form of integrity like “integrous”

  291. jonlue -  April 10, 2011 - 8:25 am

    Dear DC
    How about bliss? Absolute bliss.

  292. jonlue -  April 10, 2011 - 8:18 am

    Dear JJ
    How about integrated or harmonized?

  293. jonlue -  April 10, 2011 - 8:13 am

    Dear ran
    How about “gutted”?

  294. Anon3763 -  April 10, 2011 - 7:36 am

    Your first kiss.

  295. anon -  April 10, 2011 - 7:35 am

    +10 for Anon3456

  296. Kimster -  April 10, 2011 - 6:30 am

    My wife was two months pregnant when I left for Vietnam. I was serously wounded after two weeks in country. I spent three months recuperating in Japan before I could be sent home to a hospital in the States. I was ambulatory and airlifted by MATS to Fort Benning. I got off the plane at the airstrip. My wife, seven months pregnant, and my career army officer father, who had driven my wife to the airport, were waiting for me. Everyone else seemed to disappear.

  297. Johnny B -  April 10, 2011 - 6:23 am

    I’m a wannabe furniture and cabinet maker. When I try to make a joint that will be visible It has to be perfect. When it’s not, my attitude is way beyond frustration. I’m looking for a word that combines disappointment in one’s own skills, frustration, anger at having to start over while at the same time feeling some pride that I didn’t throw the God (*&%$&(*, ^%)H%@, chisel across the (&%^*ing shop and put my fist through a wall. Know what I mean?

  298. mp -  April 10, 2011 - 6:00 am

    @Anon3456: I think Gloria has gotten past most people’s, and your, flat perception of reality and experienced something incomprehensable to your narrow view of the world.

    And in a kind of poetic sense, I think that “gloria” may be one of the words that Gloria is looking for.

  299. Miley -  April 10, 2011 - 5:57 am

    Where you could not find words to describe your emotion?

    it’s when he texted me even i don’t give him my mobile number! i don’t know if that’s speechless or not! hahahahah……… but i love that feeling! we don’t even communicate for a long time because i hate what i feel about him and then suddenly………. bhang! it hits me!:)

  300. Miley -  April 10, 2011 - 5:56 am

    Where you could not find words to describe your emotion?

    it’s when he texted me even i don’t give him my mobile number! i don’t know if that’s speechless or not! hahahahah……… but i love that feeling! we don’t even communicate for a long time because i hate what i feel about and then suddenly………. bhang! it hits me!:)

  301. Caroline -  April 10, 2011 - 5:08 am

    Norma, that feeling you’ve known someone for a life time is often called deja vu, a French phrase. I don’t think it has an equal in English.

  302. Benjamin -  April 10, 2011 - 4:55 am

    Anon3456 or whatever you call yourself, you ought to be ashamed! I mean Gloria clearly believes in the presence of the Lord and you turn around to mock her? Well I wouldn’t be you buddy! Those who sit in the seat of scoffers and mockers shall have to endure the winepress of the Most High God. Yeah go on and laugh and at the end we will see who will laugh last. May the Lord forgive you. Yes Personally I would also like to name the awesome feeling from the presence of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

  303. eyesflux -  April 10, 2011 - 1:26 am

    The one thing till now, i always become dumbstruck when someone asks to me express “Beauty” in words- esp. something like the “Full Moon Night” .. i feel words always fall short for it … its often very crucial to articulate in words … wherein words always fall short !!!!

  304. jyoti -  April 9, 2011 - 11:51 pm


  305. ♥ran♥ -  April 9, 2011 - 10:27 pm

    hmm..probably when something happened unexpectadly,like a bad news, just like last week when a strong contender of american idol was voted out from the contest, or someone very close to you suddenly passed away, or when your crush told you that he/she has crush on you too..it’s something that you really cannot put into words..=)

  306. Anon3456 -  April 9, 2011 - 8:23 pm

    Gloria, the word you’re looking for is “delusional”.

  307. Gloria -  April 9, 2011 - 1:36 pm

    Experiencing God’s presence.

  308. Kim -  April 9, 2011 - 1:30 pm

    One time I was trying to think of the total opposite of “devoted”, and all I could come up with was “indifferent”, but that didn’t quite capture what I was going for.

  309. Arlene -  April 9, 2011 - 12:19 pm

    __Whenever I go to Yosemite National Park (or any national park)
    __Extreme jealousy
    __Hideous crimes committed by people (e.g., parents harming their own children, children murdering their parents); essentially, the evil things that people do against others
    __Any revolting smell that could make me wrench or hurl
    __Child birth
    __Holding a baby/newborn/child
    __The taste of unfamiliar food
    __When music or a song gives me goosebumps, with a sensation of penetrating to the bones
    __Extreme temperatures (e.g., frigid cold, hellish heat)

    These are just samples that I can think offhand ….

  310. ✿D.C✿ -  April 9, 2011 - 12:14 pm

    When someone you like says he/she likes you and wants to be together with you forever, feeling is of ineffability.

    (I think thats wrong English).

    • MIa -  November 16, 2014 - 7:48 pm


  311. Nicholas -  April 9, 2011 - 12:05 pm

    when your trying to write a song. whatever subject it is. there has to be certain words for it right? so let me leave you a few subject s i would like to write about.
    1. Dreams
    2. current trends.
    3. sociology
    4. philosophy
    5. religion.

    • MIa -  November 16, 2014 - 7:47 pm

      you may like the word ennui

  312. James -  April 9, 2011 - 11:55 am

    When you love somebody so much but you find the only words to describe it are I love you and those just aren’t enough.

  313. Norma -  April 9, 2011 - 11:42 am

    when you meet someone for the first time and feel like you have known them a lifetime. This only happens once in a blue moon and feels great knowing these select people forever.


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